Russian Missiles Pound Targets Across Five Regions in Ukraine

Kyiv faced its heaviest bombardment in months

On Monday, Russia launched a massive missile attack across Ukraine, targeting five regions, including the capital, Kyiv, which faced its heaviest bombardment in about four months.

According to Ukrainian authorities, 31 people were killed in the strikes. Ukrainian officials said a Russian missile struck a children’s hospital in Kyiv, while Moscow denied the claim and said evidence pointed to a Ukrainian air defense missile hitting the hospital.

Ukrainian officials said at least ten people were killed during the bombardment of Kyiv, including two staff members at the hospital. They said seven out of the city’s 10 districts were targeted by Russia.

Military situation in Ukraine on July 8, 2024 (

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed its forces destroyed three US-made HIMARS rocket systems and killed 10 “foreign specialists” who were operating them. Besides the strikes across Ukraine, battles also raged across the frontlines.

“Operational/tactical aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, missile troops and artillery of the Russian groups of forces destroyed three US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and up to 10 foreign specialists responsible for their use and struck massed enemy manpower and military hardware in 122 locations,” the ministry said.

The Russian escalation comes as NATO is preparing to hold its summit in Washington from Tuesday to Thursday. The alliance isn’t expected to give Kyiv a clear path to membership but will announce a plan to provide around $43 billion in military aid for 2025, as it’s determined to continue the proxy war despite the massive destruction in Ukraine.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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