Mayor Kyiv said Russian missiles attacked the Ukrainian capital early Sunday, attacking at least two homes and killing one. The attack took place when Western leaders met in Europe this week prepared to reaffirm their support for Ukraine and Russia’s accusations.
Kyiv’s Associated Press journalist saw rescue teams fight the flames and rescue civilians. The strike also damaged a nearby kindergarten where the crater pierced the courtyard. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said the missile was a Kh-101 cruise missile launched from an airplane over the Caspian Sea more than 1,500 km (932 miles) away.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said one person, including a seven-year-old girl and her mother, died and six were injured after inconsistent reports of early casualties.
Klitschko told journalists that he believed the airstrikes were “probably a symbolic attack” prior to the NATO summit in Madrid starting Tuesday. The leaders of a group of seven industrialized nations, including US President Joe Biden, were in Germany on Sunday for the world’s largest economic meeting.
Leaders were to announce a new ban on Russia’s gold imports. This is the latest in a series of sanctions that want to further isolate Russia economically. Biden was asked for his reaction to the recent missile attack in Kieu while standing with German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, the organizer of the three-day conference.
“It’s more of their savagery,” he replied.
The early morning Russian airstrikes were the first airstrikes targeting the capital since June 5. After that, two more explosions were heard in Kyiv, but the cause was not immediately apparent.
Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko has shown in a telegram messaging app that Russia has launched 14 missiles into the metropolitan area and Kieu itself, suggesting that some have been intercepted. Is written.
In the city of Chelcasy, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kyiv, two Russian rocket strikes killed one and injured five, said regional governor Ihor Taburets.
A former U.S. military commander in Europe said the strike on Kyiv was intended to humiliate the Western leaders who had gathered for the G7-NATO summit.
“Russia says,’This can be done all day long. You have no power to stop us,'” said Vice Admiral Ben Hodges, a former Vice Admiral of the European Army. “Russians are humiliating Western leaders.”
“If they are using them, it will be for a special purpose,” Hodges said in a telephone interview that Russia has no bottomless inventory of precision missiles.
He said it was difficult to say for sure whether the apartment building was intentionally targeted or the missile was lost.
Meanwhile, Russian troops fought to strengthen profits in the eastern part of the country by fighting to swallow the last remaining Ukrainian fortress in Luhansk Oblast. Governor Luhansk’s Serhiy Haidai said on Sunday that Russia had carried out a violent air bombing in Lysychans’k city, destroying television towers and seriously damaging road bridges.
“There are so many destructions. Lysychans’k is almost unrecognizable,” he wrote on Facebook.
Lysychans’k and the nearby city of Sievierodonetsk occupy the entire eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine and aim to destroy Ukrainian troops that protect territories not yet controlled by Moscow-backed separatists. Is the focus of the attack.
Heidi confirmed on Saturday that Sieviero Donetsk, including a chemical plant in which hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians were trapped, had fallen into Russian and separatist fighters.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said late Saturday that Russian and Moscow-backed separatists are now dominating Sieviero Donetsk and its surrounding villages. He said Ukrainian troops’ attempts to turn the Azoth factory into a “center of stubborn resistance” were thwarted.
Occupation of Lysychans’k will allow Russian troops to control all major settlements in the state, an important step towards Russia’s goal of occupying the entire Donbus. Russians and separatists dominate about half of Donetsk, the second province of Donbus.
On Saturday, Russia also launched dozens of missiles in several parts of the country far from the center of the eastern battle. According to Ukrainian Air Force Command, some of the missiles were launched from Russia’s long-range Tu-22 bomber, which was first deployed from Belarus.
The bombing preceded a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, during which Putin announced plans for Russia to supply Belarus with the Iskandar-M missile system.