1 dead as missile wreckage falls on residential building in Kyiv
Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense shot down a missile in Kiev and its wreckage fell on a residential area destroying a five-storey building
Kyiv: Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense shot down a missile in Kiev and its wreckage fell on a residential area destroying a five-story building.
Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the head of the Interior Ministry, confirmed seeing the missile being shot down and the wreckage falling in Kiev, near Kurenivka.
Vitalii Klitschko, mayor of Kiev said the wreckage of the missile fell on the road. One person was killed and six were injured, two of whom were taken by ambulance.
An empty tram was completely destroyed. Windows were smashed, balconies of nearby houses and commercial premises on the ground floor were damaged, Ukrayinska Pravda reported.
Earlier reports indicated that Russia was not ruling out taking “full control” of major cities of Ukrainethe Kremlin said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The Russian Armed Forces do not reject taking ‘full control’ of major Ukrainian cities to ensure maximum security for citizens.”
Peskov also says that at the start of the war, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave orders “not to immediately attack cities, including Kiev”, Ukrayinska Pravda reported.
The reason for this was “the deployment of weapons by militants in the cities”. It’s unclear what that meant, although Russia claims it is “demilitarising Ukraine”, ie destroying these weapons.
Earlier, an artillery shell hit a nine-story building in Kiev’s Obolon district, killing two people.
Ukrayinska Pravda reported that the building was partially destroyed between the ground floor and the second floor, and that a fire broke out on the second and third floors.
There were three casualties and 17 people rescued from the rubble.
An airstrike on the town of Okhtyrka in northeastern Ukraine in the Sumy region on Monday killed at least 3 civilians.
Pavlo Kuzmenko, mayor of Okhtyrka said: “Okhtyrka – its residential area, its residential houses – was shelled at night. At least 3 people died, others have not yet been found. Behind me, houses are burning.”
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