Russia confirms ‘high-precision’ strike on Kyiv during UN visit; Ukraine says at least 1 person killed

A communal worker stands amid debris in front of a damaged building in Kyiv on April 29, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. – Russian strikes slammed into Kyiv on April 28, evening as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting. (Photo by Genya SAVILOV / AFP)


KYIV, Ukraine (AFP) — Russia’s defence ministry on Friday confirmed it had carried out an air strike on Kyiv during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“High-precision, long-range air-based weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed the production buildings of the Artyom missile and space enterprise in Kyiv,” the ministry said in its daily briefing on the conflict in Ukraine.

Ukraine said Friday that one person had been killed in the strike on Thursday, the first in the capital in nearly two weeks and which Guterres’s spokesman described as “shocking”.

“Rescuers, who are continuing to search and remove rubble from a residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district where a rocket hit yesterday, have just discovered the remains of a person who was killed,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a statement on social media.

Guterres on Thursday toured Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs where Moscow is alleged to have committed war crimes.

The defence ministry said its forces had carried out a range of air strikes on Thursday, destroying three power substations at Ukrainian railway hubs and a Tochka-U missile launcher that it said had carried out an attack on the Russian-held city of Kherson.

© Agence France-Presse

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