Russian missiles hit Kyiv as G7 summit opens in Europe
Ukraine’s national police chief Ihor Klymenko said one person died and five others were injured in a Russian missile strike that hit a residential building in Kyiv.
Among the injured was a 7-year-old girl, he said. Her mother, a 35-year-old woman named Katerina, was rescued from the rubble and put in an ambulance. She is a Russian citizen, but lived in Kyiv for a long time.
A CNN crew on the ground spoke to the injured girl’s grandmother, Natalia Nikitina, who found out about the attack online and rushed to the building, where she cried as she watched the crews attempt to save his daughter-in-law.
“There is nothing worse than losing loved ones. Why do we deserve this?” she says. A huge plume of smoke continued to billow from the building two hours after the strike, while nearly every window on the top floor was blown out and the floor was covered in debris and twisted metal.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat said “strategic bombers” were used to hit the capital, with “four to six missiles” launched. He added that on Saturday, Russia used Tu22M3 long-range bombers from Belarusian airspace for the first time in a Ukrainian airstrike.
“There are people trapped under the rubble. Some residents have been evacuated, with two victims hospitalized. Rescuers are continuing their work,” he said.
Speaking to CNN on the spot, Klitschko said Russia’s war on Ukraine was “senseless” and that thousands of civilians had died, and added: “We must do everything to stop this war.”
Ukraine’s state emergency service said the fire was caused by “enemy shelling” and spread over an area of 300 square meters, in “a 9-storey residential building with partial destruction of 7th, 9th and 9th floors”.
The same neighborhood was hit by a missile strike in early May and was also targeted in March.
Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the Minister of the Interior, told Ukrainian television that there are “a number of military infrastructures located in the Shevchenkivskyi district of the Ukrainian capital. That is the reason why the Russians are bombing this piece”.
US President Joe Biden called Sunday’s attack “more than [Russian] barbarism.” He declined to answer when asked if the strikes were a deliberate provocation at the G7 summit.
Russian offensive continues in eastern Ukraine
On Sunday, the head of the military administration of neighboring Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said Russian forces were assembling for new assaults in the region, nearly half of which is under Ukrainian control.
“We are now seeing the buildup of troops, heavy armored vehicles and artillery towards Sloviansk,” Kyrylenko told Ukrainian television.
“The enemy is using its well-known tactics, trying to get closer to our line of defense in order to fire artillery at the cities. The enemy artillery is already reaching parts of Sloviansk. This is another confirmation that people should evacuate.”
Throughout the offensive in the east, Russian forces used intense artillery and rocket bombardment before trying to take ground. They attack areas of Donetsk from three directions.
Kyrylenko said there was a missile strike and rocket attacks on Kurakhove, a town on Donetsk’s southern front line that has been the target of Russian attacks for more than two months. Avdiivka was also hit by rockets, he said.
As Russian forces step up their offensive in eastern Ukraine, the city of Kharkiv and its surroundings are once again under heavy artillery fire.
Video released by the RIA Novosti news agency shows Shoigu disembarking from a helicopter at an unknown location and meeting officers inside what appears to be a command center.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s Telegram channel said that Shoigu “listened to commanders’ reports on the current situation and actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the main operational areas of command posts.”
Shoigu is also seen awarding medals to several soldiers, including “the Hero of the Russian Federation Gold Star medals and the Order of Courage”, according to the Telegram post. It is unclear which places Shoigu visited and whether they were inside Ukraine.
Putin says Russia will supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus
“In the coming months, we will transfer to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which, as you know, can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,” said Putin told Lukashenko, according to the Kremlin. .
In a transcript of the meeting, Lukashenko told Putin of his ‘stress’ and worries and what he claims were flights of US and NATO planes ‘practicing to carry nuclear warheads “near the Belarusian border.
Lukashenko asked Putin to consider “a mirror response” to the flights or to convert the Russian Su-35 fighter jets, which are currently deployed in Belarus, so that “they can carry nuclear warheads”.
Putin replied that although it is possible to match the American flights, “it is not necessary”, and suggested this because the Belarusian army has a large number of Su-25 planes which can be converted to nuclear-capable aircraft instead.
The Iskander-M is a Russian-built short-range ballistic missile system that can carry conventional or nuclear warheads with a maximum range of 500 km (310 miles), according to Janes Defense.
G7 announces Russian gold import ban
Biden tweeted of the announcement Sunday in Germany, “The United States has imposed unprecedented costs on Putin to deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war on Ukraine. Together the G7 will announce that we will ban the import of Russian gold, a major export that brings in tens of billions of dollars to Russia.”
Biden also remarked on the unity of the G7 and NATO on Ukraine and the Russian invasion, telling German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that the G7 and NATO will stick together and “not split.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the price to pay to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to “continue his agenda of conquest” is far greater than the current cost.
“The price to pay for backing down, the price to pay to allow Putin to succeed, to hack huge parts of Ukraine, to continue his agenda of conquest, that price will be much, much higher. Everyone here understands that,” Johnson said in an interview on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Germany.
CNN’s Allie Malloy, Mariya Knight, Jonny Hallam, Josh Pennington and Teele Rebane contributed to this report.