Russian strikes target Kiev’s railway infrastructure

Russian forces have launched several dawn attacks on the railway infrastructure in Kiev, the first since late April, according to Ukrainian officials.

The mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, spoke on Telegram of “several explosions in the Darnitsky and Dniprovsky regions” in the south-east of the capital, without specifying which sites were targeted. Field correspondents told AFP that the military had set up a secure corridor around the rail infrastructure, blocking access. They said the glass facades of a ten-story building had been completely destroyed and at around 9:00 (0600 GMT) the fire crews were in able to put out the fire that has broken out there. Initial information indicated that “there were no casualties” from the blasts and the mayor of Kiev claimed that an injured person had been taken. in hospital.

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For his part, a member of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian railway company “Ukrzalezhnycha” and adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Sergey Leshchenko, announced that “strikes have targeted the infrastructure” of the company. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russian Tu-95 bombers stationed in the Caspian Sea detonated cruise missiles towards Kiev, one of which was destroyed.

For its part, the Ukrainian company “Energoatum”, which manages the country’s nuclear power plants, announced that a missile “flew over the Bivdino-Ukrainska plant at a very low altitude” in the Mykolaiv region (south), denouncing “terrorism nuclear”.

The source added that “this missile was most likely launched towards Kiev”. “The attacker continues to launch missiles and launch airstrikes on military and civilian infrastructures in our country, in particularly in Kiev “, reads on Facebook in a post of the Ukrainian military staff.

Russia diverted attention from Kiev in late March and early April, but returned and bombed the city on April 28 during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. At the time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the fall of “five missiles” in Kiev. And on Saturday night the sirens went off to warn of air strikes in different Ukrainian cities.