The head of the national police in the Kiev region Andriy Nebitov claimed that 5 people were killed and 35 injured in a rocket attack on the regional town of Vyshhorod on Wednesday.
The footage shows the aftermath of shelling, a destroyed residential building in Vyshhorod, as well as people sheltering in first aid tents in the regional city and the metro in Kiev.
“I’m worried about everyone being alive and safe, and the fact that the windows and doors are all broken, it’s all so [insignificant],” resident Irina shared her emotions about the shelling.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian Armed Forces had launched 67 missiles at the country’s energy infrastructure, in his address to citizens on his Telegram channel, on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian Defence Ministry also confirmed the statement the Ukrainian president on Thursday.
“In the course of a massive attack on residential buildings and energy infrastructure in Kiev, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Kirovohrad, Zaporozhye, Kharkiv and Donetsk regions and Kiev, Russian occupation forces fired 67 cruise missiles and up to 10 Lancet UAVs. 51 missiles and 5 UAVs were shot down by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the ministry claimed.
Russian Defence Ministry reported for its part, on Thursday “Russian Armed Forces launched a massive attack using high-precision long-range air- and ground-based weaponry, at the military control system of Ukraine and energy facilities related to it on November 23”.
The ministry also confirmed that the railway movement of Ukrainian military reserves, weapons and equipment had been disrupted.
“Not a single strike was carried out against targets within the city limits of Kiev. All the destruction declared by the Kiev regime in the city was the result of foreign and Ukrainian air defence missiles falling in residential areas of the Ukrainian capital,” the ministry added.
Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements.
Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and ‘denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO.
Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.