Ukrainian President says missiles struck Kyiv while UN chief was visiting

Smoke billows after missiles landed in Kyiv, Ukraine, at sunset on April 28.
Smoke billows after missiles landed in Kyiv, Ukraine, at sunset on April 28. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Ukrainian officials have condemned the Russian missile attack on Kyiv on Thursday night, which came as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concluded a visit to the Ukrainian capital.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his daily video message: “Today, immediately after the end of our talks [with Guterres] In Kyiv, Russian missiles flew into the city. 5 rockets. That says a lot about Russia’s true attitude toward global institutions, about the Russian leadership’s efforts to humiliate the UN and all that represents the organization. And therefore requires an appropriate, powerful response.”

“Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine – on Kyiv, Fastiv, Odessa, Khmelnytskyi and other cities – prove once again that one cannot relax yet, one cannot believe that the war is over. We have to keep fighting, we have to drive out the occupiers,” said Zelenskyy

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said in a tweet: “During the meeting with @antonioguterres in Kyiv we heard explosions. Russia launched a missile attack on the capital. I am sure that such defiant behavior by the occupiers will be properly judged by the UN Secretary-General. The war in #Ukraine is an attack on world security!”

A statement from the state emergency service in Kyiv said:

β€œOn April 28 at 8:13 p.m. the State Emergency Service in Kyiv received a report about a fire in the Shevchenkivskyi district of the capital. As a result of enemy fire, a fire broke out in a 25-storey apartment building, partially destroying the 1st and 2nd floors.
At 9:25 p.m., the fire was extinguished over a total area of ​​100 square meters … Search and rescue operations are underway. According to preliminary information, 5 people were rescued and 10 injured. The information will be clarified.”

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