Kyiv missile attack: 'Two dead' as Russia strikes apartment block in Ukraine's capital

A Kyiv resident looks on in horror (Getty Images)
A Kyiv resident looks on in horror (Getty Images)

Two people have been killed in a Russian missile attack in the Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, on Wednesday, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Another massive attack against our state. Six regions were under the enemy's strike. All our services are now working to cope with the consequences of this terror," Zelensky said on the Telegram messaging app.

"In Kyiv, more than 10 people were injured. As of now, we know of about two dead. There may be more people under the rubble," he added.

The Ukrainian air defence shot down 44 missiles and drones out of 64 launched by Russia in several waves of the attack, said Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, Ukraine's armed forces commander.

European Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell who is in Kyiv on a two-day visit to underline the EU's support for Ukraine, posted a picture on X social media platform from a shelter.

"Starting my morning in the shelter as air alarms are sounding across Kyiv," he said.

Borrell is discussing with top Ukrainian officials both EU military and financial support, as well as Kyiv's progress on its reform path in its bid to join the 27-member bloc.

Kyiv city officials said that at least 14 people were injured in different parts of the capital.

Firefighters were extinguishing several large fires. Emergency workers were working to rescue people from a multi-story apartment building in Golosiivskyi district in the southwest of the capital.

Debris from a Russian missile also damaged several power lines resulting in electricity cut-offs in parts of Kyiv. About 40 private cars and a car repair shop were damaged.

A man looks at a high-rise building damaged by missile debris (Getty Images)
A man looks at a high-rise building damaged by missile debris (Getty Images)

Maksym Kozytskyi, governor for the western Lviv region, said an industrial facility was hit in the city of Drogobych.

Oleh Synehubov, governor of the Kharkiv region in Ukraine's northeast, said Russian missiles struck non-residential infrastructure in Kharkiv city, the administrative centre of the region.

All of Ukraine was under air raid alert for over two hours.

The first blasts were heard just before 7am (5am GMT) in Kyiv.

"We are being shelled, we endure. This is not the worst that could happen. People on the frontlines have it the worst, they have to fend off the invaders. We will definitely survive," Vitalii Bachynskyi, 40, an IT worker, told Reuters in a shelter where he was taking cover with his wife and two children.

"It does not break our spirit in any way. We will wait for the victory."