The blasts occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time, half an hour after anti-aircraft sirens went off in the capital.
Following an enemy bombardment, a fire broke out in a nine-storey buildingindicated on the Telegram messenger the state service for emergency situations.
Arriving on site, a team from theAFPsaw the top three floors of the building on fire and its stairwell completely destroyed, as police cordoned off the area.
A missile was shot down by air defense in the kyiv region, the debris fell on a villageKyiv region governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram, adding that
the enemy had struck the capital.
A collaborator of theAFPresident in this residential complex heard a loud buzzing sound preceding the explosions, which sounds like a missile firing.
Multiple Explosions [ont été entendues] in the Shevchenkivsky districtgoing from the center to the northwest of the capital, said on Telegram the mayor of kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko.
Ambulances and first aiders are on site. In two buildings, the rescue and evacuation of residents is underwayadded Mr. Klitschko, who went there.
” Rescuers have extracted a seven-year-old girl, she is alive. They are now trying to find his mother. »
A Ukrainian MP, Oleksei Goncharenko, said on Telegram that the Russians had fired 14 missiles at kyiv and its region in the morning.
Many residents were at the foot of the buildings, and many were in tears. A woman was there in a bathrobe.
They’ve bombed here three times. I woke up to the first explosion, went to the balcony and saw missiles falling and heard a huge explosion, everything vibratedtold theAFP Yuri, a 38-year-old resident, who declined to give his surname.
Irena, 32, dated her 17-month-old son Makar.
We went down with our emergency backpack which has been near the door since the beginning of the war because we had to evacuate.did she say.
A “symbolic” attack
The mayor of kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko, did not hesitate to draw a parallel between this attack and the one that killed a Ukrainian journalist at the end of April during the visit of the UN Secretary General.
This is to intimidate Ukrainians […] approaching the top of theNATOhe said, in reference to the summit of the Atlantic Alliance which will take place from Monday to Wednesday in Madrid, Spain.
This is a symbolic attack because the last time the UN Secretary General was in Kyivhe added.
In addition to this attack on the capital, Russia claims to have hit three training centers for Ukrainian forces in the north and west of the country. One of the targets hit is located 30 km from the border with Poland, a member country of theNATO.
Explosions also sounded in Kharkiv and Cherkassy, a city in the center which had been largely spared since the start of the conflict.
Tougher sanctions requested
US President Joe Biden in Germany for a G7 meeting ahead of the EU summitNATO
The chief of staff of the Ukrainian presidency took the opportunity to ask for more aggressive sanctions on the part of this group of great powers, which includes Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan , the United Kingdom and the European Union. They have already announced that they want to ban Russian gold imports on the first day of their summit.
the G7 should respond to this attack on kyivsaid Andriy Yermak.
Gold export embargo is good, but gas embargo needed in new EU sanctions packageadded the chief of staff of Volodymyr Zelensky.