Russia Strikes Kyiv During UN Chief Visit

Russia launched missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on April 28 evening while United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting.

In his daily video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia launched five missiles shortly after he held talks with Guterres.

Authorities said that Guterres and the rest of the UN team are safe.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that two strikes caused a fire in at least two high-rise buildings in the Shevchenkivskyi district in the northwestern part of the city, Sky News reported.

One of the missiles struck the lower floors of a 25-story residential building, injuring at least 10 people, according to officials.

“This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions, about the Russian leadership’s efforts to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents. And therefore requires an appropriate, powerful response,” Zelensky said.

“Russian missile strikes on Ukraine — on Kyiv, Fastiv, Odesa, Khmelnytskyi, and other cities — prove once again that one cannot relax yet. One cannot think that the war is over. We still need to fight. We need to drive the occupiers out,” Zelensky further said.

The blasts came shortly after Zelensky and Guterres held a press conference, in which the UN chief condemned the atrocities in Ukrainian towns, which he visited, including Bucha, where some of the most horrific violence during the war occurred.

Evidence of mass killings of civilians was uncovered in the towns.

The Kyiv strikes came two days after Guterres met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

According to the UN, Guterres and Putin had agreed to arrange evacuations from a besieged steel plant in the city of Mariupol.

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