Updated: May 2
In recent days, Russia has intensified attacks on Ukraine, and on Monday, Ukraine claimed that its air defences had destroyed 15 of the 18 missiles launched by Russian forces. The missiles were reportedly directed at Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, stated on his Telegram channel that the Russian invaders attacked Ukraine from strategic aviation planes at around 2:30 am on Monday (23:30 GMT on Sunday).
Ukrainian officials said no civilian casualties or damage to infrastructure were reported. However, over the past day, the enemy carried out 39 shellings, firing 163 shells from heavy artillery, multiple-rocket launchers, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and aviation. The city of Kherson was shelled eight times, resulting in one death and three injuries, including a child.
In addition to the capital, Russian missiles also targeted the central city of Dnipro, where air defence crews shot down seven missiles. Still, 25 people sought medical attention. The eastern city of Pavlohrad was struck twice overnight, and an industrial enterprise, 19 apartment buildings, and 25 private buildings were damaged or destroyed.
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Ukraine's air defence systems have been bolstered in recent months by the delivery of Western equipment, including the American Patriot missile systems, received in April. However, despite these advances, the Russian attacks have continued, with Ukraine preparing for a long-awaited counteroffensive to expel Russian forces from the territory they seized in the east and south following their 2022 invasion.