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A Ukrainian rescuer in Kiev, Monday

Agence France-Presse

Ten people were injured on Monday by debris from Russian missiles shot down in Kiev, further proof, according to Ukraine, of its “urgent” need for anti-aircraft defense systems supplied by the West.

Russia has increased its bombings on its neighbor in recent weeks, targeting energy infrastructure in particular, in retaliation for Ukrainian attacks against its border regions. This is the third air attack on the capital in five days.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man was killed by artillery fire in the village of Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region in the northeast of the country.

In Kiev, explosions were heard just after an air alert siren by AFP journalists on Monday morning, around 10:30 a.m. local time.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 10 people were injured.

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Oksana, a resident of Kiev, was at work at the time of the incident: Before I could do anything, the first explosion rang out, she told AFP. There was a cloud of dust, cars and windows broken, everything was destroyed.

Emergency services released photos of seriously damaged buildings, as well as a crater near a house. We can see rescuers working in a tangle of rubble where bricks and pieces of concrete mix with fragments of parquet.

According to the head of Kiev's military administration, Sergii Popko, two ballistic missiles launched from annexed Crimea were destroyed.

Eleven people were also injured in a night attack by Russian drones in the southern regions of Mykolaiv and Odessa.

In Odessa, 300 000 people remained without electricity Monday evening following attacks that damaged energy infrastructure, according to regional authorities.

Ukraine, very dependent on military aid provided by its Western partners, has been urging them for several months to send more and more quickly.

The head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, on Monday urged the delivery of American Patriot anti-aircraft systems capable of repelling any Russian attack.< /p>

Ukraine is currently the only country in the world to be attacked almost daily by ballistic missiles. The Patriots must be stationed here and now to save human lives, he said on X.

Significant American aid is still blocked in Congress due to opposition between Republicans and Democrats. President Joe Biden and his administration want to reach a positive vote quickly.

Ukraine needs our help now. There is not a moment to lose, urged the American ambassador to kyiv, Bridget Brink, onAfter the brief incursion of a Russian missile into Polish airspace on Sunday, the head of Polish diplomacy, Radoslaw Sikorski, argued that Russian aggression against Ukraine threatened security of NATO Member States, during a meeting with the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.

Summoned by Warsaw, the Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergei Andreyev, did not appear on Monday, considering it absurd to discuss it for lack of evidence.

Poland has been a strong supporter of neighboring Ukraine since the Russian invasion launched in late February 2022.

The front largely remains frozen for more than a year, neither side achieving a real breakthrough, but Kiev has been on the defensive for several months due to lack of ammunition.

The Ukrainian army announced Monday evening that the situation was difficult and tense in the east around the town of Chassiv Yar.

Today [Monday], it is the enemy's focus point in its assault operations. He is trying to break through our defenses to reach Chasiv Yar, said Oleg Kalashnikov, press officer of the 26th Ukrainian artillery brigade.

He said Russia has intensified the use of powerful guided bombs in the area and is dropping them on populated areas and our fortified positions.

In Russia, air attacks against border regions have increased in recent weeks, causing several deaths in Belgorod. Groups of fighters, posing as Russian anti-Kremlin volunteers, have also carried out armed incursions that Moscow says it repelled.

The Russian army claims to bomb Ukraine in retaliation for these attacks, themselves responses to daily strikes against Ukrainian cities.

In Russia, a fire broke out at a major power plant in the Rostov region, the local governor said, following ;a series of Ukrainian drone attacks in the region.

Two units of the Novocherkassk power plant, one of the largest of southwestern Russia, were taken out of service, said Governor Vassili Golubev in a message published on Telegram.

The head of services Ukrainian special forces, Vassyl Maliouk, for his part, claimed responsibility for 13 attacks to date against Russian refineries with long-range drones, in an interview on Ukrainian television.

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