News Desk: Upto a dozen explosions were heard in downtown Kyiv on March 4 and air raid sirens wailed, in an apparent sign that Russian missile strikes on and around the capital were intensifying. There were no immediate reports of casualties. While no major assault has been launched on Kyiv yet, the capital has been shelled and Russian forces unleashed fierce firepower to try to break resistance in the nearby town of Borodyanka.
Drone footage from the town to the northwest of Kyiv on Thursday showed flattened houses and a badly damaged apartment block, with some homes charred and still on fire. Burned out military vehicles littered a main road. In Kyiv’s Borshchahivka neighbourhood, some 18 km west of the centre, the twisted metal remnants of a missile, which Ukrainian air defences apparently downed overnight, lay in the middle of a street a few metres from a bus station.
As many as 28 children were killed and 64 wounded in Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. About 1.5 million children live under constant shelling in war-torn areas of Ukraine, according to Ukraine’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights and Children’s Rehabilitation Daria Herasymchuk, as cited by the President’s Office.