Ukraine slams Putins barbarians after Star Wars-like air strikes hit Kyiv

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Ukraine accused Russia of being run by “barbarians” after Kyiv was targeted by a second wave of air strikes in 24 hours.

More than 40 missiles and drones were shot down over the capital early on Monday morning as the capital’s skies resembled “a Star Wars episode”.

Children were seen running for their lives to shelters as explosions lit up the sky in the attack – Russia’s 15th assault on the city this month.

Yuri Ihnat, Ukraine’s air force spokesman, said that Iskander ballistic missiles were used in the assault and that it was possible S-300 and S-400 rockets had also been fired.

Serhi Popko, the head of the city’s military administration, said 40 “aerial targets” were shot down over Kyiv. There were no reports of casualties, but falling drone debris damaged buildings and sparked a rash of fires.

Russia was trying to exhaust the country’s air defences with the increased attacks, Mr Popko said.

Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, said: “Another difficult night for the capital. But, thanks to the professionalism of our defenders, as a result of the air attack of the barbarians in Kyiv, there was no damage or destruction of infrastructural and other objects.”

The attack came as the clear-up was still continuing from a massive assault on the city on Sunday – the heaviest drone assault on the capital to date.

It resulted in falling debris killing a 41-year-old man and injuring several others.

Explosions were also reported in the eastern city of Lviv, the southern port of Odesa, along with the Vinnytsia and Khmelnytskyi regions.

In Khmelnytskyi, a strike on a military airfield damaged five aircraft and the runway, regional authorities said.

Oleksandr Scherba, the ambassador-at-large at Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the last few days had been very difficult for Kyiv residents. He said: “Almost every night, the skies look and sound like another Star Wars episode.

“But we don’t feel much of Russian rockets ­hitting their targets here within the city area.

“And this is all thanks to the decent countries… who gave us this air defence.”

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