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Russia 'launches massive missile attack' on Ukraine as explosion rocks children's hospital

Russian forces launched multiple ballistic and cruise missiles against Ukrainian targets on Monday, Ukraine’s air force said, with explosions felt and heard across the capital, Kyiv.

The daylight attack included Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, one of the most advanced Russian weapons, the air force said. The Kinzhal flies at 10 times the speed of sound, making it hard to intercept.

The Kyiv city administration reported falling debris, presumably from intercepted missiles, starting fires in the Solomianskyi, Dniprovskyi, and Holosiivskyi districts of Kyiv. Smoke rose from several Kyiv neighbourhoods.

At least one person was reported to have been killed, according to the Kyiv Info blog.

There were no immediate details of casualties and damage. Unconfirmed reports suggested a children’s hospital had been hit.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said ambulances were heading to the Solomianskyi district, posting on the Telegram app: “Explosions in Kyiv! Details later. Don’t leave the shelters!”

Serhiy Popko, chief of the Kyiv City Military Administration, said at least five people had been killed.

Explosions were also reported by local officials in Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region.

Real Kyiv Ukraine blog posted: ”As a result of a missile attack on Kyiv, debris was recorded in the capital’s Solomyansk district.

“Information about the destruction and victims is being clarified.”

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