A man stands looking at a building destroyed during attacks, in Borodyanka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, June 4, 2022.
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A barrage of Russian missiles hit infrastructure targets in Kyiv early Sunday morning in the first strike against the Ukrainian capital since the end of April.
Nobody was reported killed, while one person was taken to a hospital with injuries, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said.
Meanwhile, the Russian forces have continued their offensive in eastern Ukraine with claims and counter-claims about successes from both sides in and around the city of Sievierodonetsk.
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- A barrage of Russian missiles targeted infrastructure in Kyiv early Sunday morning, according to the city’s mayor. The Kremlin claims it has hit a cache of armoured vehicles donated by the West.Ukrainian forces have launched a successful counter-offensive against Russian forces in the eastern city of Sieverodonetsk. At the same time, Moscow is also claiming progress in the key city in the Donbas.UK Ministry of Defence said Russia had been using poorly trained and poorly equipped reservists from the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic in areas where Ukraine has now retaken ground. A centuries-old Orthodox monastery has caught fire near the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Both sides blame each other for the blaze. France’s President Emmanuel Macron has been rebuked by Ukraine’s top politicians, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba for saying Russia “must not be humiliated” over its war against Ukraine.
Kremlin claims it destroyed Eastern European armour donation in Kyiv bombardment
Russia said Sunday it had destroyed armour supplied to Ukraine by Eastern European countries in air strikes on Kyiv, the first in several weeks.
“High-precision, long-range missiles fired by Russian aerospace forces on the outskirts of Kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European countries and other armoured vehicles that were in the sheds of a railcar repair company,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Earlier, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported dawn strikes on the districts of Darnytskyiand Dniprovskyi in the southeast of the Ukrainian capital.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, several cruise missiles were fired in the direction of Kyiv by Russian TU-95 aircraft based in the Caspian Sea, one of which was destroyed.
Relative calm had returned in recent weeks to the city of Kyiv after the Russian troops gave up on their assault on the capital and retreated to focus on eastern Ukraine.
Governor: Russians losing ground in Sievierodonetsk
Russian forces have lost ground in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, the regional governor said on Sunday.
This echoes the latest British military intelligence assessment of the situation, released on Sunday morning.
“The Russians controlled about 70% of the city, but in the last two days they have been pushed back. The city is divided in two, they are afraid to move around freely,” Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai said on Telegram.
Sievierodonetsk is the Ukrainian administrative capital of the region, which has been partly controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Ukrainian forces have captured eight Russian prisoners there, he added.
He said Russian General Alexander Dvornikov, who commands Russian troops in Ukraine, “has set a goal: by June 10, either to take Sievierodonetsk completely or to control the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road” which will open the way to Kramatorsk, the Ukrainian capital of the other, larger Donbas region, Donetsk.
“All forces, all (Russian) reserves are focused on these two tasks,” he said.
The Russian defence ministry said on Saturday that Ukrainian military units “suffering critical losses in the fighting for Sievierodonetsk (up to 90% in several units)” were withdrawing to Lyssychansk, the nearby major city.
But Sievierodonetsk mayor Olexander Striuk said on Saturday night that street fighting was continuing there and that Ukrainian forces were seeking to “restore full control” of the city.
Ukraine claims Russia used phosphorus weapons
On Sunday morning, Ukraine’s General Staff accused Russian forces of using phosphorus munitions in the Kharkiv region and said that Moscow continues to carry out missile and airstrikes on military and civilian infrastructure, including in Kyiv.
The General Staff said in its morning update that the Russian troops used phosphorus munitions in the area of the Cherkaski Tyshky village in the Kharkiv region.
The claim couldn’t be independently verified.
Ukraine launches successful Sievierodonetsk counter-offensive
Britain’s Ministry of Defence says Ukrainian forces have launched a successful counter-offensive against Russia in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk.
In the latest Sunday morning intelligence report, the MoD says Russia had been using poorly trained and poorly equipped reservists from the self-declared Luhansk People’s Republic in areas where Ukraine has now re-taken ground.
Read more of the assessment here:
Russian missiles hit Kyiv
A barrage of Russian missiles struck Ukraine’s capital early Sunday, hitting unspecified “infrastructure” targets, Kyiv’s mayor said. No one was reported killed, with one person hospitalized with injuries.
But the attack shattered a sense of calm in Kyiv, which hadn’t seen similar strikes since the April 28 visit of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.
The missile strikes hit the Darnytski and Dniprovski districts in the city and that emergency services had arrived to the scene, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. Air raid sirens had gone off around the time of the blasts.
An acrid smell of smoke filled the air in the Darnystki district of eastern Kviv, with a billowing pillar of smoke rising in the sky. Soldiers and police blocked off a main road to the site. Smoke billowed from the charred and blackened wreckage of a warehouse-type structure.