© Reuters. People take shelter inside a metro station during an overnight Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 4, 2023. REUTERS/Yan Dobronosov

By Valentyn Origenko

KYIV (Reuters) – Russia launched a new wave of overnight air strikes on Kyiv, with officials at the Ukrainian capital saying that air defense systems downed more than 20 cruise missiles on their approach.

“All were shot down, there were no hits,” Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s military administration, said on the Telegram messaging app.

Reuters could not independently verify the report.

Reuters’ witnesses reported hearing several blasts that sounded like air defense systems while the city was under air raid alerts for more than four hours, starting soon after midnight on Tuesday.

Falling debris hit road surfaces and damaged power lines to the trolley system in Kyiv’s Desnianskyi district, the military said. The district, on the left bank of the Dnipro River is Kyiv’s most populous.

According to preliminary information, there were no casualties, the officials said.