Two children and an adult have been killed in a new missile attack on Kyiv, according to Ukrainian officials.

Fourteen people were injured as the Ukrainian capital was bombarded for the 18th time in the past month, with Russia deploying waves of kamikaze drones.

The Kyiv military administration said a region on Kyiv’s eastern outskirts and a district closer to the centre were struck.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said nine people needed hospital treatment. Emergency crews had extinguished fires caused by falling debris near the sites of the strikes.

The casualty toll was the highest from one attack on Kyiv in the past month, with Russian attacks on the capital intensified in recent weeks ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive. 

Mayor Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app a medical clinic had been hit. Photographs posted on the city’s website showed windows blown out in the clinic and in nearby apartment buildings.

Local residents stand near an apartment building damaged in a Russian missile strike, amid Russia???s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 1, 2023. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
An apartment building was among the targets damaged in the latest Russian missile strike on Kyiv (Photo: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Pictures from the scene posted on social media showed rescue teams attending to residents in buildings, with shattered building materials strewn about on the street.

Ukraine’s General Staff reported that the Air Forces intercepted all 10 missiles, which it identified as short-range ballistic Iskander missiles.

Ukraine’s air defence has become increasingly effective at intercepting Russian drones and missiles, but the resulting debris can cause fires and injure people below.

Air raid alerts were heard in Kyiv and in most of eastern Ukraine for about an hour.

Meanwhile, Russian-installed officials said five people had been killed in Ukrainian army shelling of a Russian-occupied village in the occupied part of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region.

This shows a building damaged by a drone, that was shot down during a Russian overnight strike, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, June 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Babenko)
A building damaged by a drone that was shot down during a Russian overnight strike in Kyiv (Photo: AP Photo/Alex Babenko)

It comes after an exclusive a neighbourhood in the Russian capital where Vladimir Putin has an official residence came under attack by drones on Tuesday.

Russia’s defence ministry called the incident a “terrorist attack” by Ukraine.

Alexander Khinshtein, a prominent member of Russia’s parliament from the ruling United Russia bloc, said three drones were shot down on Tuesday morning over three villages in Moscow’s wealthy Rublyovka suburb in the west of the city, one of which is only a 10-minute drive from the President’s residence at Novo-Ogaryovo.

(This story is being updated)

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