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Russia attacks Ukrainian cities hours after Zelensky’s UN speech

Russia launched a missile attack early Thursday on cities across Ukraine, including the capital kyiv, hours after Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, denounce to the United Nations the “criminal and unprovoked assault” of Russia against his country.

The missiles sent civilians running for cover in places ranging from Lviv, in the far west of the country, to Kharkiv, in the northeast.

A worker removes debris at a site of an industrial zone, damaged during a Russian missile attack, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine September 21, 2023. REUERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

In Kiev, at least seven people were injured, fires broke out and a gas pipe was damaged by missile debris, according to the mayor and the regional military administration.

Zelensky spent two days this week in New York, in the United Nations General Assembly, calling for more help and support against Russia, amid growing concern about Ukraine’s ability to regain territory and the rising cost of war.

Ukraine launched a counteroffensive in June to recover occupied territory in the south and east of the country.

Although it has achieved some successes amid intense fighting that has been costly for both sides, it has not yet managed to decisively break Russian defenses.

At the same time, the Black Sea It has become an increasingly important scene of the conflict, with attacks by both sides.

On Thursday, Zelensky was scheduled to meet with the President Joe Biden in Washington to press for greater American support.

Biden is preparing to promote in Congress the granting of Additional $24 billion for Ukraine.

Last year, Moscow scheduled major missile strikes to coincided with high-level diplomatic events related to Ukraine.

Constant attacks

Serhiy Popko, head of the kyiv regional military administration, said on the messaging app Telegram that the latest attacks meant that the city’s residents had endured more than 1,000 hours, or more than 41 days, of being under air alerts since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

There was a second air alert in the capital at 7:15 in the morning.

In Kharkiv, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on Telegram that six missiles caused multiple explosions and injured at least two people.

In Cherkassy, ​​central Ukraine, a public building was hit in the center of the city, the mayor said on Facebook.

In Kherson, in the south of the country, a Russian attack left two dead and several wounded, according to the regional military administration.

Authorities did not specify whether the deaths were due to a missile attack.

Since Moscow withdrew its forces from the city 10 months ago in what was, at the time, a major victory for Ukraine, has launched thousands of projectiles against the city and its surroundings from their positions on the eastern bank of the Dnieper River.

The Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne reported that explosions were also heard in the cities of Rivne, Vinnytsia and Khmelnytskyi, in the west of the country.

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