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Two people have been killed in Kyiv after Russia launched a ferocious salvo of missiles and drones in attacks across Ukraine.

Ukraine’s army chief, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, said Russian forces fired 64 missiles and drones in several waves of attack on Wednesday morning.

A total of 29 missiles and 15 drones were shot down by Ukraine’s air defences, Mr Zaluzhnyi added.

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In Kyiv, smoke and flames were seen coming from a tower block, as fire crews worked to tackle the fire.

“I was scared when air alerts were announced and we rushed here,” Tetyana, 49, said as she hugged her two-year-old granddaughter and a small dog in a bomb shelter in central Kyiv.

She added: “I hope they will shoot down all of them. I pray for our air defence.”

Firefighters work at a site of a building damaged during a Russian missile strike in Kyiv.
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Six regions reportedly came under attack. Pic: Reuters


Firefighters work at a site of a building damaged during a Russian missile strike in Kyiv.
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Local residents watch firefighters work at a site of a building damaged during a Russian missile strik in Kyiv.
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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy said six regions came under enemy attack.

“In Kyiv, more than ten people were injured, as of now, two deaths are known,” he said on Telegram.

“There may be people under the rubble.”

President Zelenskyy also vowed that “terrorists will always feel the consequences of their actions” and paid tribute to the medical and rescue workers.

Parts of Kyiv were without power following the attack, after a downed Russian missile damaged power lines, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Local residents watch firefighters work at a site of a building damaged during a Russian missile strike in Kyiv.
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Local residents watch firefighters at work. Pic: Reuters

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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People take shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile strike. Pic: Reuters

The comments from President Zelenskyy and Mr Zaluzhnyi come amid reports of a rift between them.

Ukraine’s commander-in-chief reportedly refused a request from the president to step down amid an apparent long-running dispute between the two men.

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