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Russian missiles shake Kyiv as world leaders gather in Europe

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Tom Balmforce and Marco Julica

KYIV / POKROVSK — A Russian missile struck the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday. A major setback for Ukraine and when world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions on Moscow.

In the center of Kieu, up to four explosions occurred early in the first such attack in a few weeks. 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.

Ukrainian police chief Igor Klimenko said five people were injured on national television.

As Europe's largest land conflict since World War II entered its fifth month, the Western Alliance, which supports Kieu, is a leader in rising economic costs, including rising food and energy prices. Was feeling uneasy and began to show signs of tension.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks as a group of seven leaders gathered for a summit in Germany, while the West maintains a united front against Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said he needed to.

"To protect that unity, to make it work, have a really, really honest discussion about what is happening and the pressure that individual friends and partners are feeling. You have to, "he told reporters.

"But the price of retreat, Putin's success, most of Ukraine's hacking, the price of allowing his conquest program to continue, the price will be much higher.

Strategic city fall

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

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

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram messaging app that a Sunday strike partially destroyed a nine-story apartment and caused a fire.

"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."

The explosion so far However, even in the central city of Cherkasy, which was largely unaffected by the bombing, it was heard on Sunday, regional governor Oleksandr Skichico said in a telegram.

Russia denies targeting civilians, but Ukraine and the West have killed thousands, fled millions from Ukraine, and destroyed cities in conflict. He accuses the army of war crimes.

On Saturday, after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops, the strategic eastern battlefield city Severodonetsk fell to pro-Russian troops, no longer defending 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

On February 24, Russia invades Ukraine, which the Kremlin calls a "special military operation", to secure Russia and blame Ukraine. Did. Kyiv and the West say the aggression is nothing more than a seizure of land.

The war has 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 warring states 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. Said.

The United Nations warns that a prolonged war in Ukraine, one of the world's major grain exporters, could lead to 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.

'IT WAS A HORROR'

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 has represented pro-Russian separatist fighters, saying that Russian and pro-Russian troops have also crossed the river into Rischansik. Quoted.

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 bureaux, Written by Michael Perry and Alex Richardson, Edited by Edmund Klamann and David Clarke)