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At least five people were killed this morning in a Russian missile attack on energy infrastructure in Ukraine, the AP reported, citing representatives of the authorities. 

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This is the largest such attack in three weeks, in which residential buildings were also hit, the agency noted.

Four people were killed in the Lviv city area after a rocket hit residential buildings, Lviv Oblast Governor Maxim Kozytsky said.

Three buildings were destroyed by a fire that broke out in them when the rocket fell.

Rescue workers were searching the rubble in an attempt to find more possible victims, he added.

A fifth person was killed and two others were injured in repeated shelling of the Dnipropetrovsk region with the aim of hitting its energy infrastructure and industrial facilities, said its regional governor, Sergiy Lisak.

Air raid sirens were heard across Ukraine overnight, including in the capital Kiev, where explosions rocked two western districts of the city.

Air defense systems were activated across the country, but it is not known how many missiles hit targets or were intercepted, AP said.  

Russia attacked several areas in Ukraine last night

Kiev was attacked with rockets and kamikaze drones, many of which were intercepted, but the city's energy infrastructure was nonetheless battered, municipal officials said.

Explosions were reported in the city's Golosiiv district, and two people were injured in Sviatoshyn district, which is also in the western part of the capital, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said.

The alert in Kyiv was lifted just before 8am this morning.

The air raid sirens fell silent after operating for about seven hours, BTA reports.

The new missile attack came as Russia continues its offensive against the Bakhmut "fortress" in eastern Ukraine, where six months of fierce fighting have turned the city into a smoldering wasteland.

This morning's Russian attack came hours after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Kiev to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky about extending an agreement under which Ukraine can export grain from its Black Sea ports and Russia can export food and fertilizers.

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