Russian missiles hit Kiev

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Air raid sirens reportedly also rang out across several other Ukrainian regions. Local military commanders in Kiev accused Russia of changing its tactics and deliberately targeting the civilian population…reports Asian Lite News

Russian missiles have hit Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, following two nights of heavy drone strikes, the media reported. They were all reportedly shot down and there are no reports of casualties.

Flaming debris from the intercepted missiles landed in residential areas in central Kiev. Russia has launched 16 air attacks on the Ukrainian capital this month.

The latest, however, was unusual because it took place during the day — and seemed to be targeted at the city centre.

All other air assaults on the capital so far in May have taken place at night and appeared to be directed at critical national infrastructure and air defences on the outskirts.

Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat said that Iskander ballistic missiles were used in the latest attack and that it was possible S-300 and S-400 missiles had also been fired. According to reports, only one person was injured and all missiles were destroyed by Ukrainian air defences. Russian authorities claimed all their targets had been hit.

Air raid sirens reportedly also rang out across several other Ukrainian regions. Local military commanders in Kiev accused Russia of changing its tactics and deliberately targeting the civilian population.

It certainly appears that Moscow wants to step up its pressure on Ukraine even further ahead of any counter-offensive, the BBC reported.

Ukrainian Parliament backs 50-year sanctions on Iran

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Parliament has endorsed a decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to impose sanctions on Iran for 50 years, lawmaker Oleksii Honcharenko said on Telegram.

The sanction bill, which was submitted to the Parliament by President Volodymyr Zelensky, was on Monday supported by 328 votes in favour, with the required minimum of 226.

On May 27, the NSDC approved a decision, envisaging the introduction of restrictive measures against Iran, which include a complete ban on trade with military equipment and dual-use goods and services.

The sanctions also include the suspension of transit of resources, flights and transportation in Ukraine by Iranian residents.

The prohibition of performing some economic and financial obligations in favor of Iranian residents and a ban on the transfer of technologies to Iranian residents are also on the sanction list.

Earlier this month, Zelensky said Iran was supplying combat drones to Russia, which are used in attacks against Ukraine.

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