Burning building a result of shelling attack on Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine 02032022 CREDIT SES OF UKRAINE (2).jpg
Burning building a result of shelling attack on Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine (PIcture: SES of Ukraine).
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Russia fires hypersonic missile for first time during Ukraine war 

A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said Russia also used an anti-ship missile system to hit Ukrainian military facilities near Odesa.

Burning building a result of shelling attack on Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine 02032022 CREDIT SES OF UKRAINE (2).jpg
Burning building a result of shelling attack on Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine (PIcture: SES of Ukraine).

Russia has used its latest hypersonic missile for the first time during its attack on Ukraine, a military spokesman said.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the hypersonic Kinzhal or Dagger missiles destroyed an underground warehouse storing missiles and Ukrainian aviation ammunition in the western Ivano-Frankivsk region. 

A spokesperson for Ukraine's air force command confirmed a Russian missile strike on Delyatyn in Ivano-Frankivsk on Friday, without giving further details. 

Watch: A glimpse of life in Kyiv as residents brace for Russian attacks.

Russia prides itself on its advanced weaponry, and President Vladimir Putin said in December that Russia was the global leader in hypersonic missiles, whose speed, manoeuvrability and altitude make them difficult to track and intercept. 

The Kinzhal missiles are part of an array of weapons unveiled in 2018 and  first used the weapon during its military campaign in Syria in 2016.

Mr Konashenkov added on Saturday that Russian forces had also destroyed military radio and reconnaissance centres near the Ukrainian port city of Odessa using the anti-ship Bastion coastal missile system. 

One person was reported killed in a missile attack near Lviv, the closest strike yet to the city's centre.

Satellite photos showed the strike destroyed a repair hangar and appeared to damage two other buildings. 

Watch: The missile systems being used to fend off Russia's invasion.

Ukraine said it shot down two of six missiles in the volley, which came from the Black Sea. 

Early-morning barrages that hit a residential building in the Podil neighbourhood of Kyiv killed at least one person.

Emergency services said 98 people were evacuated from the building and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 19 were wounded. 

Two others were killed when strikes hit residential and administrative buildings in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, according to the regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko. 

Major General Oleksandr Pavlyuk, who is leading the defence of the region around Ukraine's capital, said his forces are well-positioned to defend the city and vowed: "We will never give up. We will fight until the end.

"To the last breath and to the last bullet," he added.