For the ninth time this month, Russian forces attacked Kiev from the air, and in Odesa, a southwestern Black Sea port city, one person was killed and two were wounded in a rocket attack, Ukrainian officials said.
Explosions were also heard in the central regions of Vinica, Khmelnytskyi and Zhitomir.
The military command of Ukraine claims to have shot down all the Russian missiles that were fired at Kiev during the previous night.
In a previous attack on Tuesday, the Ukrainians claimed to have shot down as many as six Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, which Moscow denies.
The Kremlin says that their missiles damaged the powerful Patriot missile system, with which America supplies Ukraine.
The BBC cannot independently verify the claims of the warring parties.
At least eight people were reportedly killed, including a five-year-old boy near Kherson, and 17 were wounded in Wednesday’s shelling.
According to Ukrainian services, more than 480 children have died in the war so far.
Both sides exchange accusations of attacks on civilian areas.
The rocket attacks came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited several European capitals, where Western allies promised to send him additional weapons.
Berlin, Paris and London have pledged to send more anti-aircraft missiles, offensive drones, tanks and other combat vehicles.
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- Conflicting claims by Moscow and Kiev about the fighting in Bakhmut, the longest and bloodiest battle since the beginning of the war
- The agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea was extended for two months
- Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than 480 children have died, and nearly 1,000 have been wounded, according to the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office.
The Patriot system was damaged in Ukraine, but is still operational
The sophisticated Patriot air defense system delivered by the US to Ukraine has been damaged but is operational, an unnamed US Defense Department official said.
“The Patriot system remains operational,” a Pentagon official told the AFP news agency, adding that an assessment of the damage caused by an unidentified missile that landed nearby was continuing.
The Russian military said on Tuesday that it had “destroyed the Patriot defense system” during a highly accurate strike with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile.
What’s going on in Bahmut?
The battle for Bahmut is the longest and bloodiest in the course of the war so far.
Ukraine announced on Tuesday that it had retaken 20 square kilometers north and south of Bakhmut as Russian troops continue to advance in the city itself, the epicenter of the fighting.
“In recent days, our troops have liberated about 20 square kilometers on the northern and southern outskirts of Bahmut.
“At the same time, the enemy is advancing in Bakhmut itself, completely destroying the city with artillery,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Gana Maliar wrote via Telegram.
Despite its strategic importance, which experts dispute, Bakhmut has become a symbol of the struggle for control of the industrial region of Donbass, which consists of the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Russia annexed those regions but did not take full control over the area.
The Russian army confirmed today that it carried out a missile attack on military installations in Ukraine during the night, claiming that it “hit all targets”, while Ukrainian forces previously announced that they had shot down all Russian missiles.
The agreement on the export of grain was extended
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, welcomed the extension of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea for two months, which is crucial for the global food supply.
“I welcome that decision,” Guterres told reporters and expressed hope that the agreement would be extended in the long term.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier today that the agreement, reached in July 2022, has been extended by two months.
The agreement between the UN, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, signed in July last year, enabled the export of more than 30 million tons of Ukrainian grain in the last ten months and helped alleviate the world food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
It was previously renewed for 60 days on March 19.
The renewal should be valid for 120 days, but the Russian authorities agreed to only 60 days.
The meeting between the Chinese envoy and the authorities in Kiev
Ukrainian authorities received Chinese envoy Li Hui in Kiev on Wednesday, insisting on “respect for its territorial integrity” while pointing to the “importance” of China’s role in efforts to end the Russian invasion.
In addition to Ukraine, the Chinese official will visit Poland, France, Germany and Russia.
China, a close partner of Moscow, has never publicly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In Kiev, Li spoke with the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleb, and sources close to the Ukrainian authorities mentioned a possible meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Ukrainian minister said that his country does not accept any proposal that would entail the loss of part of its territory or the freezing of the conflict.
According to Chinese authorities, Li Hui, the special representative for Eurasian affairs and former Chinese ambassador to Moscow, is scheduled to discuss a “political solution” to the conflict during his European tour.
In February, Beijing offered a 12-point plan to end the war, which Western countries view with skepticism.
President Xi Jinping visited Moscow in March, offering strong symbolic support to Vladimir Putin.
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