A wave of Russian air strikes on cities across Ukraine, including Kyiv, has left at least 19 people dead.

Seventeen people including a child were killed in an attack that hit a block of flats in the central city of Uman, officials said.

Also, a woman and her three-year-old daughter were killed in the city of Dnipro, according to the local mayor.

The Russian defense ministry said its military had targeted Ukrainian army reserve units with the strikes.

According to reports, Russia was aiming for the reserve units and used high-precision weapons on Friday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the apartment block was among 10 residential buildings that were damaged in Uman.

The state rescue service said the child killed in the city was born in 2013 and another 11 people needed hospital treatment.

Mr Zelensky said the attacks showed further international action needed to be taken against Russia.

“Evil can be stopped by weapons our defenders are doing it. And it can be stopped by sanctions global sanctions must be enhanced,” he said in a tweet.

The head of the Kyiv city military administration said it was the first Russian missile attack on the capital in 51 days.

There are no immediate reports of civilian casualties in the capital.

Twenty-one out of 23 missiles and two attack drones were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense system, officials said in a post on the messaging service Telegram.

The Russian-installed mayor of Donetsk said seven people were killed in the separatist-run city when Ukrainian artillery shells hit a minibus. BBC News has been unable to immediately verify the claim.

BBC/Adebukola Aluko

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