Russia attacked Kyiv with hypersonic missiles.

The center of the capital, Kyiv, continued to be attacked by missiles, causing some buildings to be damaged. The US Ambassador to Ukraine said Russia used hypersonic weapons to attack.

At least 7 loud explosions shook the capital Kyiv at 10:30 a.m. on March 25, right after the air defense siren was activated, a sign that a hypersonic missile, which has extremely fast speeds, was fired. 

This is different from previous long-range cruise missile raids, which often took place at night or early morning and were warned for dozens of minutes.

The Ukrainian Air Force Command later announced the interception of two Russian ballistic missiles launched from the Crimean peninsula aimed at Kyiv but did not specify the type. Kyiv military authorities said some rocket debris fell in the Pechersk urban district and damaged a civilian structure.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that many explosions were heard and asked people to go to shelters quickly.

“Russia again attacked Ukraine with hypersonic missiles. Many loud explosions rang out in the heart of Kyiv,” US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink wrote on social networks today.

Mr. Brink said Russia has launched hundreds of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into Ukraine over the past 5 days. “Ukraine needs immediate assistance,” he wrote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky previously said Russia launched nearly 190 missiles, 140 UAVs and nearly 700 guided bombs in air strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure last week.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the information.

Some social media accounts supporting the Russian military identified the target of the attack as Zhulyany International Airport, where Patriot anti-aircraft missiles are deployed to protect the capital, Kyiv.

Russia has launched many large-scale raids on Ukraine since the end of December 2023, in the context of Kyiv’s increasing efforts to produce military supplies domestically to ensure a stable supply and become less dependent on its opponents. Foreign cooperation is facing a shortage and cannot meet the needs of the country’s military.

Ukrainian officials admitted that military facilities were among the targets recently attacked by Russia but often did not give details when mentioning them.

On March 22, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had conducted 49 coordinated raids within a week, targeting a series of targets in Ukraine in retaliation for shelling and incursions into border provinces.