The Russian missile strikes have attacked Ukraine’s capital for the first time in three days. This was as a result of G7 leaders meeting in Germany, with the invasion at the top of their agenda.
Officials said that one person was killed in the attack and six other people were injured.
Vitali Klitschko, the Kyiv mayor, had previously stated that four people were taken into hospital and that a seven-year old girl was pulled from the rubble.
He suggested that the airstrikes might have been a “symbolic assault” by Moscow in advance of the NATO summit in Madrid this week.
Andriy Ermak, the head of the president’s administration, stated: “The Russians struck Kyiv again. Missiles destroyed an apartment building and damaged a kindergarten.
As firefighters extinguished a fire there, the residential block was left in ruins. Debris was also found outside on parked cars in central Shevchenkivskiy.
A blast crater was found at a 400 m distance. It was formed by a private kindergarten playground with smashed windows. The area was riddled with storage garages.
US President Joe Biden spoke out about the Russian strikes. He was among seven leaders representing advanced economies from the world at a summit held in Bavaria.
Boris Johnson stated that the West must unite against Vladimir Putin.
The prime minister stated that the price of backing down, and the price of allowing Putin success, to hack off large parts of Ukraine , and to continue his programme of conquest will be much, much higher.”
People in Kyiv live in constant fear, and their fragile senses of normality are easily destroyed.
Larysa Liaskovska tells us, “This is my life”, as she points out the windows that have been blown out in her apartment.
She describes living in constant fear as she watches cruise missiles strike her neighborhood early this morning.
At least three bangs were heard from the hotel in central London at 6.30am. We drove east towards the scene, following the smoke rising into our air. We didn’t need to travel very far.
We saw an apartment block that had been destroyed just two minutes from the city’s heart.
The police are escorting a woman away from her crying home. Another woman is being rushed to an ambulance on a stretcher. Some firefighters look burned and are covered with soot. Rescuers are searching for residents in the rubble as debris falls from the building.
We receive the first information from a senior advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who arrives on the scene. Anton Geraschenko holds the passport of a Russian lady he claims has been taken to hospital. He tells us that Russia is attacking their own people.
According to Mr Geraschenko, the husband of the woman has died and their little girl has been admitted to hospital. This has not been confirmed by us.
A missile also struck a nearby kindergarten playground. The crater is located next to a slide, and chairs for children. The colourful murals frame the smashed windows. It’s a stark contrast. It’s Sunday, so no children were present.
Both explosions occurred close to a warehouse believed to be used as a weapon depot. The area has been made particularly vulnerable by this military target. This is not the first time that civilians have been attacked here. The bombing of an apartment block near the one that was damaged this morning in a nearby neighborhood was part of a UN visit to Kyiv in April.
This latest attack is not coincidental, as G7 leaders are gathering in Germany.
In recent weeks, Kyiv has seen a resumption of the daily rhythm of life. People are back at work, in their homes, and taking walks in the parks. There is an anxiety underneath the bustle of the city. People live in constant fear of being attacked, and their fragile senses of normality are easily shredded.
In the center of Kyiv, up to four explosions could be heard. Mykola Povoroznyk, deputy mayor, said that explosions heard in the centre of Kyiv later were caused by air defenses that destroyed further missiles.
Oleksiy Goncharenko, a Ukrainian MP, wrote that 14 missiles had been launched against Kyiv and Kyiv according to preliminary data.
Yuriy Ignat, spokesperson for the Air Force, stated that the missiles were Kh101 air-launched cruise bombers fired from aircraft over the Caspian Sea.
Moscow airstrikes had not struck the capital since 5 June.
According to Oleksandr Skichko, a former regional governor, explosions were also heard in Cherkasy’s central city. He didn’t give any further details.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Mr Putin described it as a special military operation to protect Russian security and denazify Ukraine, Cherkasy has been relatively unaffected by the bombardment.
Russia’s defense ministry claimed that it used high-precision weapons against the Ukrainian army training centers in the regions Chernihiv and Zhytomyr. This apparent reference to Ukraine’s strikes on Saturday.
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They already have full control over Severodonetsk, the chemical plant that hundreds of civilians and troops from Ukraine were kept in captivity, and they are now fully in charge of it.
Serhiy Haidai (the governor of the Luhansk Region that includes Severodonetsk) stated that Russia was conducting intense airstrikes against the neighboring city Lysychansk. The strikes destroyed its television tower, and severely damaged a road bridge.
He wrote, “There’s a lot of destruction – Lysychansk almost unrecognisable” on Facebook.