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Russian missile attack destroyed cars and caused significant damage to buildings in Kiev.

Agence France-Presse

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More than 50 people have been injured Wednesday in a nighttime missile attack on Kiev, the heaviest death toll in months and a new illustration of Russia's growing military pressure. It had been months since kyiv had recorded such a record.

Ukraine has been on the defensive since the failure of its summer counter-offensive, especially since the West, led by the Americans, is now procrastinating on the scale of aid political, military and financial to bring to their Ukrainian ally.

Air defenses shot down all 10 ballistic missiles launched around 3 a.m. local time at kyiv (8 p.m. ET Tuesday), but the debris fell on populated areas, including a pediatric hospital. No deaths have been reported and the hospital center continues to operate.

On the other hand, 53 people were injured in the city, including 20 were hospitalized, including two children, according to the Ministry of Health. It had been months since kyiv had recorded such a record.

The attack was likely launched with 48N6 missiles, the head of Ukraine's presidential administration said.

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According to Ukrainian media, only Patriot and SAMP/T anti-aircraft systems manage to destroy such projectiles. However, Ukraine only has four.

In addition, at least nine Russian Shahed-type drones were launched over Odessa late Tuesday evening and were also shot down.

Near this large port in southern Ukraine, a hangar housing trucks and cars was destroyed with fragments of what appears to be a Shahed drone lying nearby, noted an AFP journalist.

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The Russian night attack of December 13, 2023 caused a lot of damage in Odessa .

It turned out that when the drones were shot down, not all of them were completely destroyed, said Natalia Goumeniouk, a spokeswoman for the army in the south.

According to her, an auto repair shop caught fire, injuring two employees. Another drone hit port facilities, already targeted several times.

Russia has not commented on the strikes, but the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that aviation, drones, missiles and artillery destroyed on an unspecified date and in unspecified locations ammunition warehouses, as well as drone construction companies.

Since the fall, Moscow has increased its attacks and wants to strike hard at a time when the will of Westerners to support Ukraine seems to be weakening .

President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to the United States on Tuesday illustrated this, with Republicans blocking further assistance in a standoff with President Joe Biden.

The Ukrainian leader, keen to ensure the means to combat the Russian invasion in 2024, continued an international tour on Wednesday. He was in Oslo to meet the leaders of the five Nordic countries, allies and donors. Ukraine cannot win without help, he insisted.

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After Washington, on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continued his international tour in Oslo to meet the leaders of the five Nordic countries. He held a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

In an open letter published in the Financial Times, the five Nordic leaders argued that war cannot be won without weapons.

Vladimir Putin is betting on the decline in Western support and has completely reoriented his industry towards military production. Showing ever more confidence, the Kremlin described American aid to Kiev as a fiasco.

Volodymyr Zelensky, well aware that a American failure would undermine the support of its other allies, called for a very strong signal of unity in the face of the aggressor.

In Europe, several leaders have hammered home their support for the Ukrainian cause, like the new Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday and the President of the Commission European Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday.

On the eve of a crucial summit in Brussels which must decide on new aid for Kiev and the official opening of accession negotiations with this country, French President Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday ;European Union to provide full and lasting support for Ukraine.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said he wanted a sustainable financial support from the EU. The security of Europe is at stake and it is a priority for Germany, he added.

On the front, some 1,000 kilometers long, Russian forces are also increasing attacks, both in the east and in the south.

The city of #x27;Avdiivka in particular has been the subject of a Russian offensive since October. According to a daily morning report from the Ukrainian army, 51 enemy assaults [there] were repelled. of Robotyné, a southern village which had been liberated this summer, raising hopes, since dashed, of a breakthrough. Russian attacks also targeted the northeast, near Kupiansk and Lyman, according to Kiev.

Finally, the Ukrainian special services (SBU) said help the country's leading mobile operator, Kyivstar, to restart its services, still paralyzed, the day after a hack attributed to Russian military intelligence hackers.

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