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Ukrainian forces shot down 31 out of 31 missiles launched by Russia at Kyiv and the region

At night on March 21, Russian military aviation attacked Kyiv and the region with two ballistic/aeroballistic missiles “Iskander-M”/Kh-47M2 “Kyndzhal” and 29 cruise missiles Kh-101/Kh-555. Ukrainian defenders destroyed all enemy targets. Due to fallen debris, there is destruction to civilian infrastructure and injured citizens.

The aftermath of the Russian missile strike on Kyiv.
Photo: Alina Smutko / Reuters

Ukrainian law enforcement officers recorded fallen missile debris in the Shevchenkivskyi, Sviatoshynskyi, and Podilskyi districts of Kyiv. In particular, two multi-story buildings were damaged in the capital, with the blast wave shattering the windows, and one apartment caught on fire. Nearby parked vehicles also suffered due to the attack, with some of them burned down.

As a result of a massive missile strike, six educational establishments were affected in the capital. Windows and doors were broken in a kindergarten and a school in the Sviatoshynskyi district. In the Shevchenkivskyi district, windows of a school building and two kindergartens were damaged, with debris falling on the territory of one more kindergarten.

According to preliminary information, 13 people were injured in Kyiv; four victims were hospitalized, informed the Kyiv City State Administration.

“Today, almost 25,000 people, including 3,000 children, took shelter in metro stations during a massive missile attack on the capital. I emphasize that absolutely all the lobbies of underground stations are open to the entrance during the air raid alert,” noted Mykola Povoroznyk, First Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration.

In the Kyiv region, due to fallen debris of downed enemy missiles, private houses, outbuildings, and nearby parked vehicles were damaged. In total, four people were injured due to the attack.

“Such terror continues every day and night. It is possible to put an end to it through global unity. When it helps us with air defense systems. Russian terrorists do not have missiles capable of bypassing Patriot and other leading world systems. This protection is required in Ukraine now. From Kyiv to Kharkiv, Sumy to Kherson, and Odesa to the Donetsk region. This is entirely possible if our partners demonstrate sufficient political will. We must prove that terror is always the loser. (…),” commented President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on another act of Russian military aggression.