Russia attacks Kyiv as troops strengthen their eastern interests

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital early Sunday morning, attacking at least two homes, said Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Kyiv’s Associated Press journalist saw rescue teams fight the flames and rescue civilians. Klitschko said four people were injured and hospitalized, and a seven-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble. Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said in a telegram that the kindergarten was attacked.

Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko wrote in the Telegram messaging app that “14 missiles have been launched against the Kyiv region and Kyiv, according to preliminary data.” Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said the missile was a Kh-101 air-launched cruise missile launched from an airplane over the Caspian Sea.

Prior to the early Sunday morning attack, Kieu had not faced such a Russian airstrike since June 5.

Klitschko told journalists that he believed “it’s probably a symbolic attack” prior to this week’s NATO summit in Madrid.

Two more explosions then occurred in Kyiv, but the cause and possible casualties were not immediately apparent.

Meanwhile, Russian troops are the last remaining Ukraine in the eastern part of Luhansk after taking full control of the charred ruins of Sieviero Donetsk and a chemical plant where hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians were trapped on Saturday. I’m trying to swallow the fortress of Ukraine. ..

Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, including Sieviero Donetsk, said on Sunday that Russia had carried out a violent air bombing in the neighboring city of Lysychans’k, destroying television towers and seriously damaging road bridges.

“There are so many destructions — Lysychans’k is almost unrecognizable,” he wrote on Facebook.

On Saturday, Russia also launched dozens of missiles in several parts of the country far from the center of the eastern battle. According to Ukrainian Air Force Command, some of the missiles were launched from Russia’s long-range Tu-22 bomber, which was first deployed from Belarus.

The bombing preceded a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukaschenko, during which Putin announced plans for Russia to supply Belarus with the Iskandar-M missile system.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said late Saturday that Russian and Moscow-backed separatists are now dominating Sieviero Donetsk and its surrounding villages. He said Ukrainian troops’ attempts to turn the Azov Regiment into a “center of stubborn resistance” were thwarted.

Heidi confirmed on Saturday that Sieviero Donetsk had fallen into a Russian and separatist fighter plane. He said he is currently trying to block Lysychansik from the south.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Andrei Marochko, a separatist spokesman, who said Russian troops and separatist fighters had entered Lysychans’k and that the fighting was taking place in the heart of the city. There was no immediate comment on the allegations from the Ukrainian side.

Lysychans’k and Sievierodonetsk were the focus of Russian attacks aimed at destroying the Ukrainian troops that occupied and defended all of Donbas. This is the most capable and combat-enhanced segment of the country’s army.

Occupation of Lysychans’k will allow Russian troops to control all major settlements in the state, an important step towards Russia’s goal of occupying the entire Donbus. Russians and separatists dominate about half of Donetsk, the second state of Donbas.

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