After President Vladimir Putin stated he would transfer nuclear-capable missiles to ally Belarus, Russia launched missiles towards Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, on Sunday for the first time in weeks as combat grinds into its fifth month.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, stated on Telegram that Russian forces had fired rockets “into residences and kindergartens” and that four victims, including a 7-year-old child who was rescued from the wreckage, were sent to hospitals.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, “This 7-year-old Ukrainian youngster was sleeping calmly in Kyiv until a Russian cruise missile hit her home.”
“More people are being targeted all around Ukraine. The G7 conference must respond by imposing stronger sanctions on Russia and providing Ukraine with more powerful weapons. We need to stop Russia’s vile imperialism.”
A picture of a Kyiv kindergarten allegedly destroyed by a Russian missile was shared on Twitter by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
According to Klitschko, 25 people were taken out of a building struck by a missile in the Shevchenkivskyi neighborhood. Several colleges, art galleries, ancient cathedrals, and monuments can be found in the Shevchenkivskyi neighborhood of Kyiv.
The last time Russian missiles struck Kyiv was in early June when the invading forces had attacked the city after pulling back their soldiers earlier in the takeover.
The Zhytomyr area, the Lviv region, the Chernihiv region, and the city of Mykolaiv were all targeted by 45 missiles that were fired at the nation from Friday night into Saturday, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his evening speech.
In addition to destroying our infrastructure, Zelensky added, “it is also exerting a very cynical, intentional strain on the emotions of our people.”
“However, we will defeat them; they won’t be able to defeat us. No Russian rockets or attacks can lower Ukrainians’ spirits. In our discussions with partners, every one of their missiles is a point of contention.”
The majority of Ukrainian forces “have likely departed from their last positions in the Donbas city of Sieverodonetsk,” according to the British Defense Ministry, which has been giving intelligence updates throughout the conflict.
Russian President Vladimir Putin designated the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts as separate republics before the invasion’s launch on February 24. These two oblasts make up the Donbas area of Ukraine.
Putin will reportedly attempt to annex the Donbas territory into Russia in the upcoming months, according to experts. Russia has moved one step closer to taking control of the whole Luhansk area by capturing Sievierodonetsk.
“Within this scaled-back aim, Russia’s conquest of the city is a noteworthy accomplishment. The community, which is strategically located along the Siverskyi Donets River, was formerly a significant industrial hub “According to the British Defense Ministry.
“To fully seize the Donbas territory, however, Russia will need to accomplish several difficult goals. Among them are seizing control of the primary supply routes to Donetsk city and marching on the important hub of Kramatorsk.”
The Kremlin published a transcript of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday that was used to announce the missile deal.
Putin informed Lukashenko, “We will give to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems in the next months. These systems are known to employ both ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear.
Russian use of the Iskander missile system against targets in northern Ukraine during the weekend, according to a Saturday investigation by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War.
Putin also recommended modernizing Belarus’ inventory of subsonic, twin-engine Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft. These aircraft were produced in the former Soviet Union.
In contrast, Belarusian involvement in the conflict in Ukraine on behalf of Russia has been categorically denied by Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate, according to the Institute for the Study of War’s update.