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Russian Missiles Target Kyiv After Month of Safety in Ukraine Capital

Smoke rises from a residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday as Russian missiles targeted the Ukraine capital for the first time since April 29. Photo by Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA-EFE
Smoke rises from a residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday as Russian missiles targeted the Ukraine capital for the first time since April 29. Photo by Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA-EFE

Russian missiles on Sunday targeted the Ukraine capital Kyiv for the first time since April 29.

Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said in a statement that explosions targeting infrastructure in the Darnitsky and Dniprovsk districts of the capital left one victim hospitalized.

“Russian aggressor continues to launch missile and air strikes on military and civilian infrastructure in our country, in particular in Kyiv,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in an operational update.

At least five missiles hit the city as air-raid alarms went off, The New York Times reported citing local news outlets.

Russian forces surrounding the city retreated in late March to shift the scope of the war to the Donbas region in the east with the last missile strike in Kyiv occurring during a visit by the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement to Telegram that Russian forces used “high-precision, long-range air-based missiles” to hit a railway car repair workshop outside Kyiv.

Russia claimed that it had destroyed an unspecified number of T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles delivered by Eastern European nations.

In its statement, the Russian Defense Ministry also claimed that such missiles were also launched at the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, which serves as the provincial capital for Ukrainian-controlled areas of Donetsk oblast.

The attack allegedly destroyed factory shops where military equipment damaged during the hostilities was being repaired and restored for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russia claimed.

The Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which together make the Donbas region, have largely been held by Russian-backed separatists since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

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