Zelensky says capital attack requires ‘appropriate, powerful response’

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Emergency services are working in the area following an explosion in Kyiv, Ukraine - AP

Emergency services are working in the area following an explosion in Kyiv, Ukraine – AP

At least 10 people have been injured after Russia fired missiles into Kyiv on Thursday, during a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The rockets shook the central Shevchenko district and one of them struck the lower floors of a 25-storey residential building, wounding at least 10 people.

Rescue officials said one person lost a leg and others suffered injuries from being trapped in the rubble when two buildings were hit.

The bombardment came barely an hour after Mr Guterres completed talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“There was an attack on Kyiv … it shocked me, not because I’m here but because Kyiv is a sacred city for Ukrainians and Russians alike,” Mr Guterres told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.

The blasts are the boldest attack on the capital since Russian forces retreated weeks ago.

President Zelensky said the attack required an “appropriate, powerful response”.

“Russian missiles flew into the city. Five missiles. 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 organisation represents,” he said.

“We must not drop our vigilance. We must not think that the war is over.”

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The two leaders agreed that damaged Ukrainian military equipment could be repaired at Bulgarian plants and then sent back to Ukraine.

“Another issue we agreed on was the supply of Ukrainian electricity to Bulgaria and the joint use of the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline to diversify energy supplies in the region,” Mr Zelensky said late on Thursday in his nightly video address to the nation.

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Today’s top stories

  • Britain is sending 8,000 troops to Eastern Europe in one of the largest deployments since the Cold War

  • Volodymyr Zelensky refused to be evacuated from his compound in Kyiv even as Russian assassination squads parachuted into the capital and tried to storm the building to kill him

  • At least 10 people have been injured after Russia fired missiles into Kyiv on Thursday

  • Ukraine fired three rockets at the centre of the southern city of Kherson, but Russian occupying forces shot down two of them

  • Russian forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a pro-Ukraine rally in the occupied city of Kherson

  • Two powerful blasts were heard in the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine

  • Ukraine’s military said Russian troops were subjecting several places in the Donbas to “intense fire”

  • Russia is preventing injured Ukrainian troops from being evacuated from a steel plant in Mariupol because it wants to capture them, the local governor said

  • Ukrainian investigators have identified more than 8,000 cases of suspected war crimes since Russia’s invasion

  • Britain is expected to start sending anti-ship missiles to Ukraine after the Defence Secretary warned any blockade of the Black Sea could see increased food prices

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