Russian strikes against multiple targets across Ukraine have been widely criticized by the United States, along with many other Western countries. Strikes have been aimed at the center of Kyiv for the first time, and these have predominantly hit non-military targets.

Reports coming out of Ukraine suggest that university buildings and playgrounds are among the targets that have been hit. 14 people are confirmed to have been killed in the strikes, and many more have been injured. Thousands of homes have been left without power.

The attacks of the last few days seem to be retaliation for the explosions on the Crimean bridge, which Russia has described as an act of terrorism. Over 80 missiles have been fired on Ukraine by Russia, but more than half of them were shot down before they could reach their target.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reiterated that even though this was the worst attack the country has seen in the last few weeks, the spirit of the Ukrainian people remains unbroken.

President Joe Biden has spoken to Zelensky via telephone to confirm that the US will continue to provide military support. The White House later confirmed that this would include advanced air defense systems.