Air raid sirens rang out Saturday in Kyiv amid a layer of heavy fog as a new round of missile fire struck the capital after two weeks without a single drone or missile strike.
Ukrainian officials said civilian infrastructure had been damaged, but no casualties were reported.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschk said explosions were heard in the residential area of the Dniprovskyi district on the left bank of the Dnieper River and that missile fragments fell to the south on non-residential areas of the Holosiivskyi district where a fire broke out.
Another 18 house were also damaged along with a “critical infrastructure facility” on the outskirts of the city according to the regional governor Oleksii Kuleba.
Though Russia has routinely hit Kyiv with missile strikes since the war broke out nearly 11 months ago – including an intense barrage over the Christmas season – the Saturday strikes were the first Russia had launched at the capital since the New Year kicked off.
The reduction in strikes could signal diminishing missile stocks as Western defense officials repeatedly said Russia would not be able to maintain the level of attacks it was levying just weeks ago.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat said the missiles most likely “flew on a ballistic trajectory” from north of Ukraine, reported Ukrainian news outlet Pravda.
It is unclear where exactly the missiles were fired from as Russian troops have levied missiles from Belarus as well as within its own borders.
Ihnat said officials were still investigating the fragments of the missiles to determine if they were in fact ballistic or S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.
The official stressed that Ukraine has no way of stopping ballistic missiles, though Ukrainian soldiers will begin training in the U.S. next week on the Patriot missile system which is capable to downing ballistic and aircraft launched missiles.
Ihnat also reported that Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers were airborne and being monitored, though he said it was unclear if they intended to launch their own strikes.
At least two S-300 missiles were also levied at “energy and industrial objects” in the Kharkiv region Saturday reported its regional governor Oleh Syniehubov.
Emergency power cuts were immediately made, but no casualties were reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.