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    Russia Launches ‘Exceptional’ Air Attack on Kyiv as Europe, China Look to Exert Influence

    Russia Launches ‘Exceptional' Air Attack on Kyiv as Europe, China Look to Exert Influence

    KYIV, — Ukrainian defenses thwarted an intense Russian air attack on Kyiv early Tuesday, shooting down all 18 missiles aimed at the capital, as European leaders sought new ways to punish for the war and a Chinese envoy sought traction for Beijing's peace proposal.

    Loud explosions boomed over Kyiv as the nighttime attack combined Russian missiles launched from the air, sea and land in an apparent attempt to overwhelm Ukraine's air defenses. No casualties were reported as Western-supplied weapons helped fend off the assault.

    Russia's latest attack on Kyiv was “exceptional in its density — the maximum number of attacking missiles in the shortest period of time,” said Serhii Popko, the head of the Kyiv administration.

    Valentyna Myronets, a 64-year-old Kyiv resident, said she felt “pain, fear, nervousness, restlessness” amid the assaults. “God, we are waiting for victory and when all this is over,” she said.

    The British ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, tweeted that the barrage was “pretty intense.”

    “Bangs and shaking walls are not an easy night,” she wrote.

    It was the eighth time this month that Russian air raids had targeted the capital, a clear escalation after weeks of lull and ahead of a much-anticipated Ukrainian counter-offensive. It also came as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy concluded a whirlwind European tour to greet Ukraine's key wartime allies,…

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