Russian airstrikes hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for the first time in weeks, bombing an apartment building and kindergarten, killing at least one person and trapping others in destroyed buildings.
depending on four explosions The early hours of Sunday shook the center of Kyiv.
“The Russians attacked Kyiv again. Missiles damaged an apartment building and a kindergarten,” said Andriy Yermak, head of the presidential administration.
Deputy Mayor Mikola Povoroznik said one person was killed and six were injured. He said later explosions heard in other parts of Kyiv were air defenses destroying more incoming missiles.
There have been no major strikes in Kyiv since early June.
mayor of the city, Vitali Klitschkosaid on the Telegram messaging app that some people were trapped in the rubble of a nine-story apartment building.
“They rescued a seven-year-old girl,” Klitschko said. “She’s alive. Now they’re trying to rescue her mother.”
A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said the airstrikes were carried out by long-range missiles fired by Russian bombers more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away in Russia’s southern Astrakhan region.
Klitschko told Al Jazeera that the missile firing on Kyiv was a “symbolic attack” Eve of NATO summit It’s scheduled for Tuesday.
Klitschko added that the airstrikes were reminiscent of those that occurred during the visit of the UN Secretary-General in late April Anthony Guterreswho went on to describe the conflict as a “meaningless war”.
Russian missiles also hit the central city of Cherkasy, which has so far been largely spared, killing one and wounding five others, according to regional authorities.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said it used high-precision weapons to attack Ukrainian army training centers in the Chernihiv, Zhitomir and Lviv regions – an apparent reference to the attacks reported by Ukraine on Saturday.
Russia denies targeting civilians, but Ukraine and the West accuse its military of war crimes in the conflict, which has killed thousands, fled Ukraine by millions and devastated cities.
US President Joe Biden called the attacks “barbaric” after arriving in Germany for the G7 summit.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said the G7 countries should respond to the latest missile attack by imposing more sanctions on Russia and supplying Ukraine with more heavy weapons.
Severo Donetsk Falls
East North Donetsk battlefield city Ukrainian troops fell into the hands of pro-Russian forces on Saturday after retreating, saying the devastated city had little to defend after months of intense fighting.
It was a major defeat for Kyiv as it sought to control the two eastern provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk that formed the Donbas region, which Moscow demanded to cede to the separatists.
Separatist forces evacuated more than 250 people, including children, from the Azot chemical plant in Severo Donetsk on Sunday, the RIA news agency quoted a pro-Russian separatist official as saying.
The industrial area surrounding the factory was the last part of the city to be occupied by Ukrainian troops.
The same official was quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency as saying that troops were now advancing towards Lysichansk from across the Severo Donetsk River. lysichansk It is now the last major Ukrainian city occupied in Luhansk.
‘must be together’
Biden condemned Russia’s actions and stressed the need for allies to remain firm even as the economic fallout of the war takes its toll globally by fueling inflation, food shortages and more.
“We have to come together because Putin expected from the beginning that NATO and the G7 would be divided in some way. But we didn’t and we won’t,” the U.S. president said in a meeting with Germany, which holds the G7 presidency and chairs the meeting. Prime Minister Olaf Scholz said during the meeting.
Leaders will announce new ban Russian Gold Importsthe latest in a series of sanctions the Club of Democracies wants to further isolate Russia economically.
Glendisson, a professor at Norway’s Southeast University, told Al Jazeera that while sanctions on gold could create “more problems” for Russia, they could have the same impact on the global economy as on Russian energy.
“When NATO countries started [implement] Sanctions, oil and gas prices have risen so much that Russia can simply reduce exports and still make more money than it used to,” he said.
“This could happen to gold as well.”