Russia launches new wave of aerial attacks on Ukraine

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Russian forces pounded Ukrainian cities with missiles as people slept on Friday, killing at least eight people in their first large-scale air strikes in nearly two months.

More than 20 cruise missiles and two drones targeted Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine, officials said.

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The early morning attacks were carried out as Kyiv is believed to be close to launching a counteroffensive to try to retake Russian-occupied territory.

“Every such attack, every evil act against our country and people brings the terrorist state closer to failure and punishment, not vice versa, as they think. We will not forget any crime, we will not let any invader avoid responsibility,” said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In the central city of Uman, at least seven people were killed and 17 wounded when a missile hit an apartment building, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said.

“All the glass flew out, everything flew out, even the chandelier fell. Everything was covered in glass,” resident Olha Turina said.

“Then there was an explosion … We barely found our things and ran out,” she said.

Three children were rescued from the rubble, police said.

In the south-eastern city of Dnipro, a missile struck a house, killing a two-year-old and a 31-year-old woman, regional governor Serhiy Lysak said. Three people were also wounded in the attack.