Russia attacks Ukraine’s Kyiv as fierce battles rage in Donetsk

Russia has launched an overnight drone attack on Kyiv after a 12-day break, according to a senior Ukrainian official, with air defence systems preliminarily destroying all targets on their approach.

“Another enemy attack on Kyiv,” Serhiy Popko, a colonel general who heads Kyiv’s military administration, said in a post on the Telegram channel early on Sunday.


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“At this moment, there is no information about possible casualties or damage,” he said.

The Reuters news agency reported blasts resembling the sound of air defence systems hitting targets in Kyiv.

The Ukrainian capital and a number of central and eastern Ukrainian regions were under air raid alerts for about an hour after 2am local time (23:00 GMT).

The Ukrainian General Staff reported that fierce clashes continued in three areas in Donetsk where it said Russia has massed troops and attempted to advance. It named the outskirts of three cities – Bakhmut, Lyman and Marinka – as front-line hot spots.

In Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, five people including a child were wounded on Friday as well as in overnight attacks, according to Governor Oleksandr Prokudin.

He said that Russian forces launched 82 artillery, drone, mortar shell and rocket attacks on the province, which is cut in two by a stretch of the 1,500km (930 mile) front line and still reeling from flooding unleashed by the collapse earlier this month of a major Dnipro River dam.

Meanwhile, in Ukraine’s northwest, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting of the country’s top military command and atomic energy officials at the Rivne nuclear power plant to discuss “the security of our northern regions and our measures to strengthen them”.

Zelenkyy’s trip to Rivne was a rare journey for the Ukrainian leader to an area relatively far from the fighting.

But it is near the border with Belarus, where Russia’s Wagner mercenaries have a deal to go after last week’s aborted uprising. Their leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was offered the option of resettling in Belarus, on Ukraine’s northern border.

Separately, earlier on Saturday, Zelenskyy warned that a “serious threat” remained at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s south and said Russia was “technically ready” to provoke a localised explosion at the facility.