Ukraine’s state emergency service said Russia shelled the northern city of Chernihiv overnight, according to media reports. Explosions were also reported before morning in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and Kharkiv, the country’s second city, according to Ukrainian officials.
The city of Chernihiv was bombarded with shells all night, but only one person was injured. According to the Ukrainian state emergency service, the artillery attack began around 2 a.m. According to the service, missiles hit a kindergarten, causing a fire. A store in a central market, as well as a five-story residential building, were also affected. According to media reports, a woman was slightly injured.
Overnight, more explosions were reported in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Ukraine claimed its forces had successfully repelled several attempts by Russian troops attempting to storm the outskirts of the capital. In a statement, the commander of the armed forces, Colonel General Alexander Syrsky, remarked: “We have proven that we can protect our house from uninvited guests.”
Explosions were also reported in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which was the scene of heavy fighting on Sunday after Ukrainian forces recaptured it from Russian forces. President Zelensky said the next 24 hours – the fifth day of the Russian assault – will be “crucial” for Ukraine. In the wake of harsh sanctions, the Russian ruble hit a new low against the dollar, prompting analysts to warn of a possible bank run. According to the report, the EU takes the unprecedented step of sending arms to Ukraine.
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