Russian forces launched what authorities reported was an unprecedented number of missiles at Kyiv, Lviv, and other major cities in Ukraine on Thursday morning, escalating their fight against the nation as their ground struggle continues in the east.

In a “massive attack.” The Ukrainian military declared that 81 missiles were launched,  including six Kinzhal ballistic missiles capable of bypassing air defense systems in Kyiv.

Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Force Command of Ukraine, said on Ukrainian television Thursday:

“The attack is really large-scale and for the first time using such different types of missiles. We see that this time as many as six Kinzhal were used. This is an attack like I don’t remember seeing before.”

“So far, we have no capabilities to counter these weapons,” he added, referring to the Kinzhals, plus six X-22 air-launched cruise missiles launched by Russian forces.

On Thursday, President Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Facebook, declaring that the night had been difficult.

“The enemy fired 81 missiles in an attempt to intimidate Ukrainians again, returning to their miserable tactics. The occupiers can only terrorize civilians. That’s all they can do. But it won’t help them. They won’t avoid responsibility for everything they have done,” Zelensky said.

He stated that aerial assaults were perpetrated in 10 locales in Ukraine, such as Dnipro, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia, with critical structures and homes being the targets.