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Russia Launches Major Assault on Ukraine

Ukrainian cities, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Liviv, and Odessa, were stuck by a wave of ballistic missile and drone strikes early on Friday morning.

It has been confirmed that 34 people have been killed, while many were injured.

The strikes have covered large proportions of Ukraine, with the Russian attack hitting Lviv in western Ukraine while also affecting the port town of Odesa in the south and eastern cities of Dnipro and Kharkiv. Meanwhile, the capital, Kyiv, was also struck.

Yuriry Ihnat, a Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, said, “We’ve never seen so many targets hit simultaneously." Ihnat cited Russia’s use of hypersonic, ballistic, and cruise missiles as a reason why the Ukrainian air force struggled to intercept the attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the attack, stating that “Russia had used every type of weapon in its arsenal." The president also confirmed that homes and a maternity hospital had been hit by the strikes early Friday morning.

In Kyiv, two people have been killed in. the strikes, while a further 17 were injured. Kyiv authorities have described the strikes as “one of the most massive airstrikes on the territory of Ukraine."

According to Russian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Russia purposely targeted critical infrastructure across Ukraine. A metro station that has been used as a shelter from air raids was struck in the attack, while fires broke out in several residential buildings.

The overnight attacks came days after Ukraine struck a Russian warship in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosiya. The attack had boosted morale in Ukraine after concerns had started to rise within Ukraine surrounding the lack of recent funding coming from the West.

The strikes come just one day after Ukrainian President Zelensky thanked the US for their $50 billion military aid package. However, that is expected to be the last aid provided by the U.S., and Republicans in the Senate voted against further aid being provided to Ukraine without a guarantee of more security at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Meanwhile, Poland has said that they believe a Russian missile entered the Polish aerospace for three minutes before turning back towards Ukraine.

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