Aggressive hypersonic missile strike hits Ukraine

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At least six people have died after a barrage of Russian missiles hit targets across Ukraine early Thursday, also knocking out power at Europe’s largest atomic power station.

Most of the dead were in the western region which includes the city of Lviv, where a Russian missile hit a neighborhood.

“It’s been a difficult night,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on his Telegram page, adding that Russians had returned to their “miserable tactics” to try to intimidate Ukrainians. “It’s all they can do. But it won’t help them. They can’t avoid responsibility for everything they have done.”

Also writing on Telegram, Ukraine’s air force claimed it had shot down 34 of the 81 missiles Russia launched.

Ukraine’s air defense is sophisticated and usually intercepts most Russian missiles. But the air force said at least six missiles launched today by Russia were Kinzhals — “daggers” — nuclear-capable missiles that travel at hypersonic speeds and can’t be intercepted by Ukraine’s air defense.

Yuriy Ignat, an air force spokesman, told Ukrainian TV that Russia had never fired this many Kinzhals in one attack.

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