A mass missile strike hit numerous settlements across Ukraine on the morning of Oct. 10, including the capital of Kyiv. This is the first such attack on Kyiv since June 26.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko confirmed that one strike impacted the central Shevchenkovsky district of the city, while others damaged infrastructure facilities in the Darnitsky and Dniprovsky districts of Kyiv.
According to preliminary data, at least 8 people were killed and 24 wounded in the center of the capital.
As of publication at noon on Oct. 10, the following consequences of the strike are known:
- damage to the buildings of Shevchenko University, the Philharmonic Orchestra building, the Khanenko and Shevchenko museums, and Shevchenko Park;
- a strike near the "Klitschko bridge" near the Arch of Friendship of Peoples (the bridge itself, apparently, survived, according to a video posted of the strike)
- the windows of the building of the central train station in Kyiv were damaged, Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) reported. However, the station is open, disembarkation and boarding of trains is carried out through the western and eastern underpasses, which simultaneously serve as a shelter.
Meanwhile, the frontline city of Kharkiv was also hit, Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov, wrote on his Telegram channel.
“According to the current information, three strikes hit Kharkiv,” Terekhov wrote.
“The strike was on an energy infrastructure facility. Some areas of the city are out of electricity and water.”
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast was also subjected to a massive missile attack. There are dead and wounded, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional military administration, Valentyn Reznichenko, reported on Telegram.
“Massive missile attack on the Oblast,” he said.
“There are dead and wounded. All rescue services are working at the impact sites."
In reaction to these strikes, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians to stand fast and head to air raid shelters.
“229th day of a full-scale war,” he wrote.
“On the 229th day, they (the Russians) are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth. Generally. Destroy our people who sleep at home in Zaporizhzhia. Kill people who go to work in Dnipro and Kyiv. The air raid is not abating all over Ukraine. There are missile hits. Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded. I beg you: don’t leave shelters. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Hold on and be strong.”
Ukrainian defense minister Oleksii Reznikov also made a statement addressing the attack on Ukraine.
“Our courage will never be destroyed by terrorist missiles, even when they hit the heart of our capital,” Reznikov wrote on Twitter.
“Nor will they shake the determination of our allies. The only thing they demolish irreversibly is the future of Russia - a future of a globally despised rogue terrorist state.”