Russian missiles hit kyiv, shattering sense of calm
A barrage of Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital on Sunday morning, hitting unspecified “infrastructure” targets, the mayor of kyiv 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 Antonio Guterres.
The missile strikes hit Darnytsky and Dniprovsky neighborhoods in the city and emergency services had 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.
Elsewhere, Russian forces continued their push into eastern Ukraine, with missiles and airstrikes carried out on towns and villages in the Lugansk region.
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 noted that Moscow continued 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.