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Kyiv through the lens of documentarians Vyacheslav Ratynsky and Pavlo Floresku after a massive rocket attack by the Russians

Consequences of the massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


The first massive missile attack on the capital in 44 days. On the morning of 21 March, Russian troops committed another act of terror against Ukrainians. The enemy missiles came from the north, with Kyiv as the main target. At night, the Ukrainian Air Force destroyed 31 missiles - 2 ballistic and 29 cruise missiles.  


Consequences of the massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi  


The air raid lasted almost three hours. All enemy targets were shot down, but the debris damaged houses and cars in three districts of the capital: Podilskyi, Shevchenkivskyi and Sviatoshynskyi districts.


Kyiv residents in the morning after a massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi


As of 9 a.m., the State Emergency Service clarified that the number of injured was 13, including one child. Four people were hospitalised. Fortunately, no one was killed. Information about the victims is being clarified.


Rescuers evacuate Kyiv residents after a massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi  


The Kyiv City Military Administration reported on the consequences of the fall of the wreckage of downed enemy missiles. In Shevchenkivskyi district, a warhead of a Russian missile was found near a residential building and an administrative building. Specialists from the State Emergency Service removed the missile part using special equipment.  


A part of a Russian combat missile in the middle of a residential area in Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi 


Also in Shevchenkivskyi district, a high-rise building was damaged and a fire broke out in several apartments. Rescuers evacuated the residents. Elsewhere in the district, cars caught fire, and blast waves damaged windows in some buildings.


Crater in Kyiv as a result of a massive rocket attack by the Russians. March 21, 2024. Photo by Pavlo Floresku


A child cries in his mother's arms after a massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi   


In Svyatoshynskyi district, a multi-storey building was also damaged and cars were burning, and the debris partially damaged the building of a pre-school.  


Rescuers extinguishing a fire in Kyiv following a massive rocket attack by the Russians. March 21, 2024. Photo by Pavlo Floresku


Consequences of the massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi 


In Podilskyi district, the debris fell on the territory of a non-residential building, where a fire also broke out.


Rescuers extinguishing a fire in Kyiv following a massive rocket attack by the Russians. March 21, 2024. Photo by Pavlo Floresku


A police officer patrols near a building damaged after a massive Russian missile attack on Kyiv. 21 March 2024. Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi  


A total of 177 rescuers and 38 units of fire and rescue equipment, as well as law enforcement officers, medics and psychologists, were on the ground.  


The project is implemented thanks to the support of IWM Documenting Ukraine.


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