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Russia attacks Kyiv as troops strengthen eastern interests

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Associated Press

Oleksandy Stashevskyi

Ukraine, Kyiv (AP) —Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital early Sunday morning and mayor of Kyiv, at least two residential buildings I attacked Vitali. Klitschko said elsewhere that Russian troops had integrated their interests in the east.

Kyiv's Associated Press journalist saw rescue teams fight the flames and rescue civilians. Klitschko said the two were injured and hospitalized.

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."

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

Meanwhile, Russian troops are trying to swallow the last remaining Ukrainians at a fortress in eastern Luhansk on Saturday with the scorched ruins of Sieviero Donetsk and hundreds of Ukrainian and civilians. After completely controlling the trapped chemical plant, it gained momentum.

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 Aleksandr 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 Severodonetsk and its surrounding villages. Stated. He said Ukrainian troops' attempts to turn the Azoth factory into a "center of stubborn resistance" were thwarted.

Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Friday that Ukrainian troops had withdrawn from Sieviero Donetsk after several weeks of bombardment and urban warfare. He confirmed on Saturday that the city had fallen into a Russian and separatist fighter. He said he is currently trying to block the neighboring city of Lysychans'k from the south. The city is on the other side of the river just west of Sieviero Donetsk.

Russia's Interfax news agency said Russian troops and separatist fighters had entered Lysychans'k and the fighting was taking place in the center of the city. I quoted Andrey Marochiko, a spokesman for the sect. There was no immediate comment on the allegations from the Ukrainian side.

Lysychans'k and Sievierodonetsk were the focus of Russia's attacks aimed at occupying all of Donbas and destroying the Ukrainian troops that defended it. This is the most capable and combat-enhanced segment of the country's army. Occupation of

Lysychans'k gives Russian troops control over 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 Donbus. Follow AP's coverage of the war between Russia and Ukraine at