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Russia Launches Major Missile Strikes Targeting Kyiv.

Fog blanketed Kyiv on the morning of January 14 as a series of missile strikes targeted the Ukrainian capital and explosions were heard across the city.

Fog blanketed Kyiv on the morning of January 14 as a series of missile strikes targeted the Ukrainian capital and explosions were heard across the city.

Russia has launched a fresh missile attack targeting infrastructure in Kyiv in what Ukraine's presidential office described as the first major missile strikes targeting the country since the start of the year.

The attack on the Ukrainian capital was announced on Telegram by the city's military administration on January 14. Other strikes were reported in the eastern city of Kharkiv and in the southeastern Zaporizhzhya region.

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The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy advised residents of Kyiv to seek shelter, while explosions that sounded similar to missiles being shot down by air-defense forces were reportedly heard in the city.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a series of posts on Telegram that explosions were reported in the city's eastern residential Dniprovskiy district and parts of a missile had crashed in an uninhabited part of the Holosiyivskiy district. Klitschko said no casualties had been reported and a fire at a nonresidential building in the Holosiyivskiy district had been extinguished.

According to presidential office deputy head Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the attack targeted "critical infrastructure." Tymoshenko also wrote on Telegram that a residential building in the village of Kopyliv in the Kyiv region was struck, breaking windows of residential buildings. He said that as of late morning there was no information regarding any possible victims related to that incident.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said the missiles had been fired from a high trajectory from the north, suggesting they were ballistic missiles that Ukraine is unable to shoot down and was not able to detect in time to immediately alert civilians of an air raid.

The fresh attacks came a day after Ukraine and Russia gave conflicting accounts of the situation in the eastern Ukrainian town of Soledar, the site of intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in recent weeks.

WATCH: . The strategic town sits on a vast network of salt-mine tunnels that cover an estimated 200 kilometers.

In his nightly video address on January 13, Ukrainian President Zelenskiy rejected claims by Russia's Defense Ministry that it captured the strategically important salt-mining town in the eastern Donetsk region.

"The tough battle for the Donetsk region continues. The battle for Bakhmut and Soledar, for Kreminna, for other towns and villages in the east of our country continues," Zelenskiy said. "Although the enemy has concentrated its greatest forces in this direction, our soldiers -- the Armed Forces of Ukraine, all defense and security forces --- are protecting the state."

The capture of Soledar, which could give Russian forces a hub to cut off Ukrainian supply lines while also providing a staging ground for attacks on the nearby city of Bakhmut, would be Moscow's most substantial military gain in its war against Ukraine in months.

Kyiv and Washington, however, have suggested the heavy loss of Russian troops and the destruction of the city have lessened Soledar's strategic value.

The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting in Soledar this week. Ukrainian officials have said more than 500 civilians are trapped inside the town, including 15 children.

The private and controversial Russian mercenary group Vagner is reportedly heavily involved in the Russian effort to capture Soledar.

After initial success in taking Ukrainian territory after Russia's all-out invasion in February, the Russian military suffered setbacks in the south and the eastern Donbas region. The Russian military has focused on Soledar as key to the success of its new offensive.

The head of the eastern Kharkiv region, Oleh Synehubov, said the regional capital, Kharkiv, was hit by two Russian S-300 missiles early on January 14.

The strikes hit energy infrastructure and industrial in the city, Ukraine's second-largest, according to Synehubov.

Strikes were also reported in the southern Zaporizhzhya region, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

Officials in the central Cherkasy region warned on January 14 that a massive Russian missile strike could follow later in the day while the governor of the southern city of Mykolaiv said 17 Russian Tupolev warplanes had taken off from their air bases.

Following the announcements, however, air-raid alarms in Kyiv and surrounding areas were halted.

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