Ukrainian service members look for and collect unexploded shells after a fighting with Russian raiding group in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in the morning of February 26, 2022, according to Ukrainian service personnel at the scene. - Ukrainian soldiers repulsed a Russian attack in the capital, the military said on February 26 after a defiant President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed his pro-Western country would not be bowed by Moscow. It started the third day since Russian leader Vladimir Putin unleashed a full-scale invasion that has killed dozens of people, forced more than 50,000 to flee Ukraine in just 48 hours and sparked fears of a wider conflict in Europe. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Ukraine, Russia report fresh missile, drone attacks, explosions

Ukraine and Russia both reported fresh missile and drone attacks during the night, alongside a series of explosions, on Friday.

Russia fired 17 missiles and 31 kamikaze drones at Ukraine, the Ukrainian air force said, adding that it shot down ten cruise missiles and 23 of the Iranian Shahed drones, plus two reconnaissance drones.

Air alerts sounded nationwide throughout the night and the wave of attacks, which also targeted Kiev, lasted until 5.00 a.m.

The Ukrainian authorities reported that there had been strikes in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions of Ukraine.

In Dnipro, the military administration reported explosions and that two businesses, a petrol station and a house had been damaged.

One person working at the petrol station was injured.

It was a massive attack involving missiles and drones, the administration said.

In Kiev, missile fire triggered air defences and the head of the Kiev military administration, Serhiy Popko, said debris from a missile had damaged the roof of a shopping and entertainment centre.

Elsewhere, a house was hit; cars in a car park were also damaged, he said, adding that there were no casualties.

Russia also reported attacks on its soil that it claimed were carried out by Ukrainians.

There was an explosion in the city of Krasnodar after a suspected drone attack, according to a report.

The local authorities said an office building and a residential building were hit.

In the Belgorod region, there were also reports of new shelling of the border town of Graivoron.

Heavily armed fighters with military equipment were said to have entered from the Ukrainian side on Monday.

More than 70 attackers were destroyed, the Russian Defence Ministry said.


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