New missile attacks on Kiev, mayor condemns “attempted intimidation”

Kyiv reawakened at dawn yesterday, on the opening day of the G7 summit in Bavaria, to shelling of an area that has already been affected in the past weeks, including residential buildings and an arms factory. “From 6.30 in the morning there were four missiles,” said Edouard Chkouta, a resident of this wealthy neighborhood northwest of the Ukrainian capital. “The upper floors of an apartment were hit directly, and I saw with my own eyes the wounded come out,” he said. This region, not far from the historical center, has been the target of missiles for the third time since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He was shot first in mid-March, and then on April 28, while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Kiev. A Ukrainian journalist from Radio Liberty died.

Established in the region at the end of the 19th century, an arms factory called Artem produces mainly air-to-air and anti-tank rockets and large-caliber missiles, according to a private Ukrainian military site.

Shortly after the strikes, dozens of people gathered on the sidewalks in front of the affected building, some in tears, others in their bathrobes or with their dogs, emergency services began evacuating. The last three floors of the building, which is about ten, were completely destroyed. Several fires broke out and produced thick brown fumes. Fire crews struggled for hours to get the two fire sources under control. A resident of another building in the same residential complex heard a loud buzzing sound, typical of a missile attack, before the explosions. A Ukrainian air force spokesman said the attacks were carried out by “probably X101s” missiles fired by TU-95 and TU-160 bombers from the Caspian Sea. Moscow did not immediately confirm this information.

A missile in a kindergarten

“I went to the balcony, saw the falling missiles and heard a big explosion, everything trembled,” said Yuri, 38, who also lives in this complex. Four injured were hospitalized, including a seven-year-old girl who lived on the ninth floor of the affected building. The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko, who quickly arrived in the area, declared that it was “removed from the rubble”. The balance sheet may still change. Another missile hit a nearby kindergarten and apparently no casualties.

According to Mr. Klitschko, the Russians wanted to “frighten the Ukrainians (…) on their way to the NATO summit” and the G7, the two incidents have been linked since yesterday in Bavaria and then in Spain. Thursday.

32-year-old Irena hit the pavement with her 17-month-old son, Makar. “We had to evacuate since the beginning of the war so we went downstairs with our emergency backpack, which was by the door,” she said. The last Russian strike in the capital stretches to June 5, targeting a factory on the southeast outskirts, injuring one person. Yet weather alarm sirens sound almost daily, inviting residents to head to the shelters. Yesterday morning, the warnings lasted for more than five hours.

Source: AFP

Kyiv reawakened at dawn yesterday, on the opening day of the G7 summit in Bavaria, to shelling of an area that has already been affected in the past weeks, including residential buildings and an arms factory. “There were four missiles from 6:30 in the morning,” said Édouard Chkouta, a resident of this wealthy neighborhood in the northwest.