IMAGE ID 2J0XM33 Wreckage of a damaged shopping mall in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv, Ukraine, by Russian air strikes 210322 CREDIT © DANIEL CENG SHOU-YI, ZUMA PRESS WIRE, ZUMA PRESS INC, ALAMY LIVE NEWS cover image
Wreckage of a damaged shopping mall in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv, Ukraine, by Russian air strikes (Picture: © Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/Zuma Press Wire/Zuma Press Inc/Alamy Live News).
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Russia vows to ramp up Kyiv attacks a day after loss of Moskva missile cruiser

Moscow suffered a symbolic defeat with the loss of its Black Sea flagship, Moskva.

IMAGE ID 2J0XM33 Wreckage of a damaged shopping mall in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv, Ukraine, by Russian air strikes 210322 CREDIT © DANIEL CENG SHOU-YI, ZUMA PRESS WIRE, ZUMA PRESS INC, ALAMY LIVE NEWS cover image
Wreckage of a damaged shopping mall in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv, Ukraine, by Russian air strikes (Picture: © Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/Zuma Press Wire/Zuma Press Inc/Alamy Live News).

Russia has vowed to ramp up missile attacks on Kyiv a day after the sinking of one of its flagship vessels in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian officials say they hit the Moskva with missiles, while Russia claims there was a fire onboard the vessel but no attack.

Western officials could not confirm what started the blaze.

Russia’s Defence Ministry promised to intensify its assault on Kyiv in response to Ukraine's alleged military "diversions on the Russian territory".

Russian authorities accused Ukraine of wounding seven people and damaging about 100 residential buildings with air strikes on Bryansk - a region that borders Ukraine.

Authorities in another border region of Russia also reported Ukrainian shelling on Thursday.

Kyiv has gradually displayed some signs of pre-war life after Russian troops failed to capture the city and retreated to focus on a concentrated assault in eastern Ukraine.

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A renewed bombardment could return the capital’s residents to sheltering in subway stations and the steady wail of air raid sirens.

Ukrainian officials have not confirmed striking targets in Russia, and the reports by Russian authorities could not be independently verified.