After pushing Russian forces away from the Ukrainian capital weeks ago, Russia bombs Kyiv on Thursday.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had just met with the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, just a few miles away a few hours earlier.
Kyiv’s mayor said Ukraine’s capital was hit by two missile strikes on Thursday, with footage released by Ukrainian Emergency Services showing firefighters rushing to extinguish the flames. https://t.co/mWZMDMihjH pic.twitter.com/S4f8rilA1G
— ABC News (@ABC) April 28, 2022
From the New York Times:
The mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said on Telegram that “the enemy” struck the Shevchenkivskyi district twice. Witnesses near the fire said that a number of people were injured and taken away in ambulances, though it was not immediately clear how many people were hurt.
At least two missiles struck the area, one hitting an apartment building and the other falling on a factory across the street, said Yuriy Levchenko, a former Ukrainian member of Parliament who came to the scene.
“They are trying to degrade our industrial capacity as much as possible and at the same time terrorize the population,” he said. “It’s part of their terror campaign. It happens almost every day somewhere in Ukraine.”
Just weeks ago, Russia promised to “scale back” attacks on Kyiv in an effort to “increase mutual trust.” That was quickly followed by intensified attacks on the eastern area of Ukraine.
Rockets hit Kyiv while UN Secretary General is in town. That’s Putin’s official “Screw you!“ to @antonioguterres, @UN and the whole world. We deal with a maniac.#StopPutin #ArmUkraineNow #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/iiMhfSjMWc
— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) April 28, 2022
At least two Russian missile strikes upon Kyiv… could be heard from almost any spot in the city
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) April 28, 2022
Russia knows @antonioguterres is in Kyiv right now. Putin just met with him in Moscow. Striking the Ukrainian capital this evening is meant to send a message to the UN. https://t.co/rfBqtUZGyF
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) April 28, 2022
To block Russia’s advance, Ukrainians intentionally flooded Demydiv, a village north of Kyiv, along with a vast expanse of fields and bogs around it, creating a quagmire. “Everybody understands and nobody regrets it for a moment,” one resident said. https://t.co/zTMQp0lclJ pic.twitter.com/UaK7psW1aP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 27, 2022