The attack was carried out using short-range Iskander ground-launched missiles, and it was the highest casualty toll from a single attack on Kyiv over the past month.
The latest attack coincided with events scheduled in Kyiv to celebrate International Children’s Day. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that the dead included a 9-year-old girl, her mother, and another woman. UN human rights monitors said six children were killed and 34 were wounded last month alone.
According to authorities, Ukrainian air defenses shot down all ten cruise and ballistic missiles launched by the Kremlin’s forces on Thursday. Another missile attack in Kyiv on Wednesday night killed three people, including an 11-year-old girl and her 34-year-old mother, regional police reported.
Hair-raising dashcam footage obtained by Reuters shows a missile narrowly missing cars on a busy highway in Kyiv earlier this week. The footage shows the weapon falling out of the sky and knocking down traffic lights before smashing into the ground in the middle of heavy traffic.
A white sedan nearly suffers a direct hit but swerves and speeds away. Chunks of debris can be seen filling the air, sparking a fire in the middle of a traffic lane and sending plumes of thick, black smoke shooting into the sky. Pieces of a destroyed traffic light are seen dangling above the road. The terrifying incident happened on Monday morning, but whether anyone was hurt is unclear.
Ukraine’s armed forces said they shot down 11 short-range Iskander ballistic missiles during Monday’s surprise daytime attack. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and first lady Olena Zelenska both posted a video of what they said were frightened schoolchildren running and screaming down a Kyiv street toward a bomb shelter as sirens wail. “This is what an ordinary weekday looks like,” the President wrote on Telegram.