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Russian missiles shake the center of Kieu as G7 leaders gather in Europe

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Tom Balmforce and Marco Julica

KYIV / POKROVSK — Russian missiles struck an apartment and kindergarten in Kieu, the capital of Ukraine, on Sunday. "Barbarism" when world leaders gather in Europe to discuss further sanctions on Moscow.

In the first city attack in a few weeks, up to four explosions hit the center of Kieu. Two more blasts were heard in the southern suburbs of the city later that day, according to Reuters.

"Russians attacked Kyiv again. The missile damaged the apartment building and kindergarten," said Andrey Jermac, presidential manager.

A Reuters photographer saw a large explosion crater near a playground in a private kindergarten that broke a window.

Ukrainian police chief Igor Klimenko said five people were injured on national television, and police later said one died.

"It's more of their savagery," Biden mentions a missile strike and is the leader of seven rich democratic groups (G7) gathered for a summit in Germany. Said as.

As Europe's largest land conflict since World War II entered its fifth month, the Western alliance supporting Kieu has increased economic costs, including soaring food and energy prices. The leader felt uneasy and began to show signs of tension.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the West needed to maintain a united front against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The price of retreat, Putin's success, most of Ukraine's hacking, the price of continuing his conquest program, the price will be much higher than it will be." He told reporters.

Strategic City Fall

Kyiv's life returned to normal after fierce resistance blocked Russia's advance in the early stages of the war, but air raid sirens were in the city. It was ringing regularly throughout.

Since early June, there have been no major strikes against Kyiv.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on a telegram messaging app that a Sunday strike partially destroyed a nine-story apartment in the historic Chefchenkiwsky district of central Kyiv, causing a fire. Said that occurred.

"There are people under the rubble," Klitschko said. "They pulled out a 7-year-old girl. She is alive. Now they are trying to save her mother."

A Ukrainian Air Force spokesman said. The strike said it took place with four to six long-range missiles launched from Russian bombers more than 1,000 km away in the Astrakhan region of southern Russia.

He said some of the incoming missiles were shot down.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it used precision weapons to attack Ukrainian military training centers in the Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv regions. This is a clear reference to the strike reported by Ukraine on Saturday.

There were no immediate comments on Sunday's strike against Kyiv.

The explosion was also heard on Sunday in the central city of Cherkasy, which has been largely unaffected by the bombardment, said regional governor Oleksandr Skichico in a telegram.

Russia denies targeting civilians, but Ukraine and the West have killed thousands, fled millions from Ukraine, and cities. The Russian army is accused of war crimes in the war that destroyed.

On Saturday, after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops, the strategic eastern battlefield city Severodonetsk fell to pro-Russian troops and no longer defends the abandoned city after months of fierce battles. Said there was no.

The collapse of Severodonetsk is a major defeat for Kyiv as it seeks to maintain control of the Kremlin's main military goal, the eastern Donbas region.

Moscow states that Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts in Donbas, which have been supporting the uprising since 2014, are independent countries. It requires Ukraine to ceded the entire territory of the two states to a separatist government.

G7 Summit

Russia invades Ukraine on February 24, which the Kremlin called a "special military operation", and removes dangerous nationalists from the country. He said it was necessary to get rid of him. Ensuring the security of Russia. Kyiv and the West dismiss it as an excuse for land acquisition.

The war will have a major impact on the world economy and Europe's security, pushing up gas, oil and food prices, reducing the European Union's dependence on Russia's energy and calling on Finland and Sweden to join NATO. I urged you.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged Russian and Ukrainian counterparts to begin dialogue during a peacebuilding mission to war-torn countries and called on Putin to order an immediate ceasefire.

"We need to stop the war and revitalize the world's food supply chain," said Jokowi, widely known as president, before attending the G7 summit.

The United Nations warns that a prolonged war in Ukraine, one of the world's major grain exporters, could pose a global hunger crisis.

In an attempt to further tighten Russia's screws, G7 countries announced a new gold import ban from Russia when they began a summit meeting in the Bavarian Alps.

NATO leaders will host a summit in Madrid from June 29th to 30th.


The collapse of Severodonetsk, which used to live in more than 100,000 people but is now a wasteland, has a major advantage in Moscow's thermal power. After a few weeks, it transformed the eastern battlefield. I only got a slow gain.

Russia's Interfax news agency quoted representatives of pro-Russian separatist fighters, saying that Russian and pro-Russian troops also crossed the river into Rischansik.

The two cities were the last major cities owned by the Ukrainian army in the east.

In a video speech on Saturday, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that Ukraine would regain the lost city, including Severodonetsk.

"I have no sense of how long it will last, or how many hits, losses, or efforts will be required before I can see that the victory is imminent," he said. Said.

In Pokrovsk, a Ukrainian-owned town of Donbus, Elena, an elderly woman from Lysychans'k in a wheelchair, was among the dozens of refugees arriving by bus from the front lines.

"Lysychans'k, I was horror last week. I couldn't take it anymore yesterday," she said. "If I die, I've already told my husband, bury me behind the house."

(Report by Reuters, written by Michael Perry and Alex Richardson, Edmund Edited by Cramant and David Clark)