Russian missiles hit Kyiv, shattering sense of calm

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A barrage of Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s capital early Sunday, hitting unspecified “infrastructure” targets, Kyiv’s mayor said. No one was killed and one person was hospitalized with injuries.

But the attack shattered a sense of calm in Kyiv, which had not seen similar strikes since the April 28 visit of UN Secretary-General António Guterres. And it showed that Russia still had the ability and the will to target the Ukrainian capital since it abandoned its wider offensive across the country to focus its efforts in the east instead.

The missiles hit Darnytsky and Dniprovski neighborhoods in the city and emergency services arrived at the scene, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. The air raid sirens had gone off when the explosions occurred.

A pungent smell of smoke fills the air in Darnystki district in eastern Kviv, with a column of smoke rising into the sky. Soldiers and police blocked a main road leading to the site. Smoke billowed from the charred and blackened wreckage of a warehouse-like structure.

A resident of an apartment overlooking the charred warehouse area said she was woken by loud explosions early in the morning. She said the site had been targeted before but without causing such damage.

Police near the site told an Associated Press reporter that military authorities had banned the taking of footage. Soldiers also blocked a road in a nearby area leading to a large rail yard.

Elsewhere, Russian forces have continued their efforts to take ground in eastern Ukraine, with missiles and air strikes on towns and villages in the Lugansk region, as the war has now passed the bar. 100 days.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Telegram that “airstrikes by Ka-52 helicopters were carried out in the Girske and Myrna Dolyna regions, by Su-25 aircraft – on Ustynivka”, while Lysychansk has was hit by a missile from the Tochka-U complex.

A total of 13 houses were damaged in Girske and five in Lysychansk. Another airstrike was reported in the eastern city of Kramatorsk by its mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko. No one was killed in the attack, he said, but two of the town’s businesses suffered “extensive damage”.

On Sunday morning, the Ukrainian General Staff accused Russian forces of using phosphorus munitions in the Kharkiv region and said Moscow was continuing to carry out missiles and airstrikes on military and civilian infrastructure, including in Kyiv.

The General Staff said in its morning update that Russian troops used phosphorus ammunition in the area of ​​the village of Cherkaski Tyshky in the Kharkiv region. The claim could not be independently verified.

The update also confirmed strikes on Kyiv, which took place in the early hours of Sunday. It was not immediately clear from the statement which infrastructure facilities in Kyiv were affected.

The General Staff also said that Russian forces were continuing their assault operations in Sievierodonetsk in the eastern Luhansk region, one of two key towns that remain to be captured. The Russians currently control the eastern part of the city, the update says, and are focused on encircling Ukrainian forces in the area and “blocking major logistical routes.”

In the Black Sea, the General Staff said, five navy-based Kalibr cruise missiles were ready for use.

The British Army said in its daily intelligence update that the Ukrainian counterattacks at Sieverodonetsk “probably blunted the operational momentum that Russian forces had previously gained by concentrating combat units and firepower”.

The statement also said that the Russian army partly relies on reserve forces from the Luhansk region.

“These troops are poorly equipped and poorly trained, and lack heavy equipment compared to regular Russian units,” the intelligence update said, adding that “this approach likely indicates a desire to limit casualties to regular forces. Russians”.

Away from the battlefield, Ukraine’s national footballers will be hoping to clinch a World Cup place when the team take on Wales later on Sunday in Cardiff.

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