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Chiara Fiorillo

Ukraine missile attack kills girl, 2, with five kids injured by Russian strike

A two-year-old girl was killed and 22 more people, including five children, were injured after a Russian missile strike hit the city of Dnipro in central Ukraine.

The child's body was pulled from the rubble of a house in the community of Pidhorodnenska overnight, according to Serhiy Lysak, the region's governor.

In a Telegram message, Mr Lysak said a total of 17 people were being treated in hospital and three of the children were in a "serious condition" following the strike on a residential district.

The governor added that another child was likely still trapped in the rubble, according to reports.

Rescuers working on the rubble of a residential building damaged by a missile strike (State Emergency Service of Ukrai)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blasted Russia describing it as "a terrorist state", adding that the explosion happened between two residential buildings.

Meanwhile, Russia has repeatedly denied its military forces target civilians in Ukraine.

Pictures shared on social media show rescuers working to rescue survivors from the rubble of the building.

After the attack in Dnipro, explosions were also reported in other parts of Ukraine.

Five children were injured, the region's governor added (STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

In the early hours of Sunday, air defence systems were engaged in repelling air attacks near Kyiv, the head of the military administration of Ukrainian capital said.

Serhiy Popko wrote on the Telegram messaging channel that all missiles targeting Kyiv were shot down, reports BBC News.

Earlier this week, a heartbroken grandmother was pictured distraught after Vladimir Putin's brutal forces killed both her daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter.

Russian forces began June with a new aerial bombardment of Ukraine's capital Kyiv on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding others.

A grandmother was distraught after her daughter and granddaughter were killed in Kyiv (Getty Images)

The grandmother was pictured distraught over the body of her daughter, next to a clinic that was damaged during the attack.

Her agonised screams and wails tore through the deathly silence in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as medics held up her heartbroken body.

The Kyiv City Administration said the casualty toll was the most from one attack on Kyiv in the past month.

The attack damaged apartment buildings, a medical clinic, a water pipeline and cars.

A missile hit a residential district in Dnipro (STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Just a few days ago, a top war chief said Ukraine is ready to launch its much-anticipated counter-offensive against Russian forces.

Talk of the offence has long been swirling but Oleksiy Danilov — one of the country's most senior security officials — has revealed to the BBC that an assault to regain territory from Putin's occupying forces could commence very soon.

He said it could be "tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or in a week", although he would not name a specific date.

Danilov highlighted the gravity of the situation and said that Ukraine's government must avoid making mistakes in this historic opportunity.

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