Russia strikes Kyiv for the first time in weeks, battle rages in the east – Reuters
Russia struck the capital Kyiv with missiles early on Sunday for the first time in more than a month, hitting rail car repair works and destroying tanks sent by Eastern European countries to Ukraine.
Ukraine said Russia had used long-range air-launched missiles to attack Kyiv, and that one missile had flown over its second-largest nuclear power plant.
The attack on Kyiv on Sunday killed a journalist. Moscow has been attacking Ukraine’s military infrastructure and blocking Western arms shipments.
Russia has concentrated its forces in recent weeks on the small eastern industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, advancing on the Ukrainian-held part of Luhansk province to encircle Ukrainian troops there. Ukraine mounted a counter-attack that took the Russians by surprise killing a large force.
Russian forces have advanced in recent days in neighboring Donetsk province, killing eight people and injuring 11.
The United States has sent advanced medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine, which Kyiv hopes will help tip the balance in the conflict. Washington has ruled out sending longer-range munitions and says Kyiv has promised not to strike inside Russia.
Ukraine rebuked French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday for saying it was important not to “humiliate” Moscow. In a response the Ukrainian government said Moscow has already humiliated itself.
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