Russia attacks Kyiv residential neighborhood ahead of G7 summit

A bomb exploded in a residential area in Kyiv on Sunday morning, when G-7 leaders gathered in Germany to discuss Ukraine’s support against Russia. attackAn important NATO meeting is scheduled to follow in a few days.

City mayor Vitaly Klitschko said the first attack on the capital in nearly three weeks was done to “intimidate the Ukrainians … on the approach of the NATO summit”.

“Some residents have been evacuated. Two injured people have been hospitalized,” Klitschko said after visiting the apartment building, which remained “under the rubble.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is expected to address both the G7 and NATO gatherings, said cities as far away as Lviv, near the Polish border, were hit by a wave of attacks on Saturday.

“This confirms that air defense systems – modern systems that our partners have – should not be in (their current) sites or storage, but in Ukraine,” he said in his daily address.

Hours after Sunday’s attack, Britain announced it would join its teammates G7 Powers Canada, Japan and the United States have barred Russian gold experts from buying the precious metal in a bid to evade sanctions aimed at Moscow.

This move will “directly affect dandruff” oligarchs And strike the center of (President Vladimir) Putin’s war machine,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

At their meeting in the Bavarian Alps, the Western Allies will take stock of the effectiveness of sanctions imposed so far against Moscow, consider potential new aid for Kyiv, and begin to turn their eyes to long-term reconstruction plans.

The EU presented a strong show of support last week when Ukraine was granted candidate status, though the road to membership is long.

‘fully occupied’

Sunday’s strike in Kyiv comes a day after the mayor of Severodnetsk, a major industrial hub, called for a strike.fully occupied“By Russian soldiers.

as a war entering the fifth monthThe capture of the city marks an important strategic victory for Moscow, which is seeking complete control of the country’s east after failing in its initial objectives.

Severodnetsk was the scene of several weeks of fighting before the Ukrainian army began to withdraw its forces to better defend the neighboring city. lisichansk,

Pro-Moscow separatists said on Saturday that Russian troops and their allies had entered Lisichansk, which faces Severodnetsk on high ground across the Donets River. Its capture would give Russia control of the entire Lugansk region of the Donbass.

Away from the primary battlefield, meanwhile, Russian missiles were attacking targets in northern and western Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Air Force Command said “more than 50 missiles of different types were fired: air, sea and land-based,” noting the difficulty of intercepting Russian models such as Iskander.

One AFP On Saturday, the team saw a 10-story administrative building in the city center being hit by missiles overnight, causing a fire but no casualties.

It had already been bombed, causing a soldier at the scene to note: “The Russians are finishing what they started.”

pull in belarus

In St. Petersburg On Saturday, Putin said Russia would deliver Iskander-M missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons to Belarus in the coming months, similar to the one he received from Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko.

He also offered to upgrade Belarusian warplanes to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons, in comments broadcast on Russian television.

Putin has repeatedly referred to nuclear weapons since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, which the West has seen as a warning to the West not to interfere.

Ukraine said it came under “heavy bombardment” from neighboring Belarus on Saturday morning, although a Russian ally, though not officially involved in the conflict.

Ukraine’s Northern Military Command said that twenty rockets “fired from the territory of Belarus and from the air” targeted the village of Desna in the northern Chernigov region.

Belarus It has provided logistical support to Moscow since the February 24 invasion, especially in the first few weeks, and has been targeted by Western sanctions like that of Russia.

“Today’s strike is directly linked to the Kremlin’s efforts to draw Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a co-combatant,” Ukraine’s intelligence service said.

‘No heating in winter’

Like the southern port of Mariupol before it, the Battle of Severodnetsk devastated the city.

On Saturday, Severodnetsk mayor Streik said citizens had begun to evacuate the Azot chemical plant, where several hundred people were hiding from the shelling.

“These people have spent almost three months of their lives in basements, in shelters,” he said. “It’s hard emotionally and physically.”

He said he would now require medical and psychological support.

under Russian occupation MariupolMeanwhile, residents face the prospect of a dire cold, according to the mayor’s adviser Petro Andryshenko, who said local committees were being instructed to collect data on the need for firewood and coal.

“This is a direct sign and an acknowledgment of the obvious fact – there will be no heating in winter,” he said.

Andryshenko said the city’s Moscow-backed leadership could not even heat, if they wanted to, given the “huge damage” to the pipeline supplying natural gas to the city.