One dead and more injured in third drone attack on Kyiv in 24 hours

Ukraine: Footage shows devastation after missile attack on Dnipro

A least one person has died following the third drone attack on Kyiv in the space of 24 hours.

Reports from the Ukrainian capital city say that the person was killed and three injured in the early hours of this morning (May 30) when falling debris reportedly from a destroyed Russian drone hit a high-rise apartment building and started a fire.

Kyiv’s military administration said that two upper floors of the building were destroyed and there could still be people under the rubble.

Earlier yesterday, air defences were activated as the city was rocked by another round of Russian airstrikes.

According to the Ukrainian military, Russia fired a total of 11 missiles during a rare daytime attack on the city.

At around 11.30am, the Kyiv region was hit with ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, said on Telegram.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the country’s air defence for saving hundreds of lives. He called for more help to perfect the country’s defences.

“The world must see that terror is losing,” he said.

“And, of course, there is no greater humiliation for a terrorist state than the success of our warriors.”

Zelensky said he had met with the military leadership to discuss the steps of the major offensive against the Russian invasion.

The afternoon aerial attack followed a fresh wave of Russian airstrikes on Ukraine overnight when more than 40 missiles were fired over Kiev alone, the military had said earlier yesterday.

According to the Ukrainian air force, 29 combat drones and 37 cruise missiles were repelled throughout the country.

Earlier, the Ukrainian parliament passed the 50-year sanctions on Iran demanded by Zelensky.

Trade in military equipment and so-called dual-use goods, which can be used for civilian and military purposes, are to be banned.

Ukraine wants to stop its economic and financial obligations towards Iran and prevent the export of capital to the Islamic Republic.

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Zelensky had also spoken out in favour of a ban on technology transfer and investment in Iran.

The Ukrainian parliament also introduced May 8 as a non-working holiday to commemorate the victory in World War II. In the past, the day was celebrated on May 9, as in Russia.

Ukraine thereby wants to underline its departure from the Soviet legacy and its turn towards the West.

The Danish government announced on Monday that it is planning to significantly increase the amount of funds it has set aside to aid Ukraine.

This year, another 7.5bn Danish kroner (around $1bn) is set to be added to the fund, the Defence Ministry said, according to a report on Danish television.

Next year, it is planned that an additional 10.4bn kroner will flow into the fund.

“The war in Ukraine is at a very critical point with a serious situation on the battlefield, and therefore Ukraine needs all the support it can possibly get,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish radio.

Also on Monday, a woman from Odessa, Ukraine was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for collecting money for the Russian occupiers, according to the Ukrainian intelligence service SBU.

The woman allegedly organized an appeal on social media to finance the fighters in the Russian-occupied Donetsk region.

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