Late in the night President Volodymyr Zelensky came with a strongly worded statement about the attack outside central Kyiv.
– Today, right after the conclusion of talks in Kyiv, Russian missiles flew into the city. Five missiles. And this says a lot – about the attempts of the Russian leadership to humiliate the United Nations and everything that the organization represents.
It happened just after 8 p.m. local time. The target was a district northwest of downtown Kyiv, Shevchenko.
According to a close associate of President Zelensky, Mikhailo Podoljak, this is a missile attack.
With this heinous barbaric act, Russia once again shows its attitude towards Ukraine, Europe and the world, Tweets Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
This is the first time since mid-April that Russia has attacked Kyiv with missiles.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations was shocked
– Spokesman for the UN humanitarian office Saviano Abreu told AFP that this is a war zone, but it is shocking because it happened so close to us.
An employee close to Guterres confirms that he is fine, AFP writes.
Many senior Western politicians have visited Kyiv, but this is the first time that such a missile attack has taken place near the capital while the visit is underway.
– This is an attack on the security of the Secretary-General and the security of the world, Tweets Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.
Russia confirms 76 attacks
The cities of Odessa and Mykolaiv also came under missile attacks Thursday night, according to the Ukrainian defense. In Mykolachev, dozens of houses, cars and shops were damaged.
Explosions were also reported in Odessa, but the head of the local military administration, Serhiy Pratjok, said according to NTB that the local air force was under control. There were no reports of injuries so far.
according to Interfax Ukraine Three missiles hit targets in the city of Fastov, 70 km west of central Kyiv, on Thursday night. This information was confirmed by Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, at least 10 people were injured in the attacks on the capital.
The Russian Defense Ministry said its air force fired 76 military targets in Ukraine on Thursday. Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that two ammunition depots, several concentrations of troops and military columns were bombed.
He says at least 320 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or wounded.
The Russians also say they fired several missiles. It was not possible to obtain independent confirmation of the Russian allegations.
According to the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda A residential house and another unidentified “object” were hit in an attack in the Shevchenkovsky district of central Kyiv at about 8 p.m. Thursday.
Three people must be sent to hospital for treatment. This was stated by Mayor Vitali Klitschko, according to Interfax Ukraine.
The Security Council did not do enough
The Security Council did not do everything in its power to prevent or end this war. During the meeting with President Zelensky, the UN Secretary-General said it was a source of much disappointment, frustration and anger.
The situation of the civilian population who remained in the city of Mariupol was one of the topics at today’s meeting.
“They need an escape route from the apocalypse,” Guterres said of the civilians in Mariupol.
There is no solution for Azovstal
According to Guterres, the Russian president agreed in principle to allow the United Nations and the Red Cross to participate in evacuating civilians trapped in Azovstal steel plants, when Guterres and Putin met in Moscow on Tuesday.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, there are hundreds of civilians and up to 2,000 soldiers from the Azov regiment. Several soldiers were said to have been wounded.
Today, President Zelensky reiterated that Ukraine is ready for “immediate negotiations on the evacuation of Azovstal”.
– President Putin has made this very clear. Civilians can go out and go where they want. The army should lay down its guns and get out, too. Putin’s spokesman told Russia that all the wounded and sick will receive medical assistance TASS news agency tonight.
In practice, this means that Ukrainian soldiers must surrender and be captured in the war.
Neither Zelensky nor the soldiers wanted to accept this solution.
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