Ukraine says it hit two Russian ships in Crimea, as Russian missiles rain down on Kyiv and Lviv

24 March 2024, 09:22 | Updated: 24 March 2024, 10:22

Russia and Ukraine have traded blows, (L) the aftermath of a Ukrainian missile in Sevastopol, (R) a missile targeted at Kyiv
Russia and Ukraine have traded blows, (L) the aftermath of a Ukrainian missile in Sevastopol, (R) a missile targeted at Kyiv. Picture: Getty/Telegram

By Kit Heren

Ukraine has said it struck two Russian landing ships in a Crimean port, while Russian missiles have also struck Kyiv and the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

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Ukraine launched an attack on the important Crimean port city of Sevastopol, held by Russia since the annexation of the peninsula in 2014.

Russia said it was repelling a "massive attack" on Sevastopol, and had shot down ten missiles.

Ukraine claimed it had struck two large Russian landing ships, as well as other infrastructure.

A local official said that one local resident was killed and four more people were injured.

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Russian airstrike hits Ukraine's capital Kyiv
Russian airstrike hits Ukraine's capital Kyiv. Picture: Getty

Ukrainian officials said that Russia launched 57 missiles and drones at Kyiv and the western city of Lviv on Sunday morning. Some 18 of 29 missiles were shot down, along with 25 of 28 drones, they added.

The damage on the Ukrainian capital from the remaining projectiles was minor, although explosions were heard in the city.

But the missiles damaged "critical infrastructure" in Lviv, the local governor said.

It comes after several early morning Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities this week.

"For the third pre-dawn morning this week, all of Ukraine is under an air alert and has been advised to seek shelter," US ambassador Bridget Brink said.

"Russia continues to indiscriminately launch drones and missiles with no regard for millions of civilians, violating international law."

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Picture: Alamy

One of the missiles that Russia launched into Ukraine passed through the airspace of Poland, a NATO member.

The Polish military said on Twitter: "The object entered Polish space near the town of Oserdow and stayed there for 39 seconds.

"During the entire flight, it was observed by military radar systems."

The missile is said to have passed just over a mile into Polish airspace.

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It comes as Russia observes a day of mourning on Sunday for Friday's ISIS attack on a Moscow concert hall that killed at least 154, with over 100 more victims being treated in hospital.

Russian officials have said they have caught 11 suspects, including four they accuse of being directly involved in the attacks.

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