A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman claimed that Russia’s audacious attack Thursday night on Kyiv used “high-precision, long-range weapons” to hit a defense factory in the Ukrainian capital.
kyiv was hit by an attack just an hour after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a press conference there on Thursday with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the Shevchenkivskyi district in the northwestern part of the city was hit twice, sparking fires in at least two high-rise buildings. It was the boldest attack on the capital since the withdrawal of Russian forces a few weeks ago.
Ukrainian authorities said at least one person was killed and 10 injured, including one person who lost a leg.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Russia struck the Artem factory in kyiv as well as a missile launch site that Ukraine used to strike the Ukrainian city of Kherson under Russian control.
Earlier in the day, the UN chief condemned Russian atrocities in towns like Bucha, where evidence of civilian massacres was found after troops withdrew. Authorities said the UN chief and his team were safe after the attacks.
Russian forces withdrew from the capital weeks ago and residents are increasingly returning to the city. Cafes and other businesses have reopened and an increasing number of people have come out and are enjoying the spring weather.
The international community will help investigate the atrocities
After facing fierce resistance from Ukrainian fighters, Russia withdrew and refocused its military efforts on the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
As the eastern offensive intensifies, residents returning to towns recaptured by Ukrainian forces have discovered mass graves and evidence of atrocities.
Britain said it was sending a team of experts to Ukraine to help local authorities investigate reports of war crimes, including sexual violence, by Russian troops.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the team, including experts in conflict-related sexual violence, will arrive in Poland in early May and meet with representatives of international agencies, non-governmental organisations, refugees and of the Ukrainian government to determine what assistance it can provide. .
“Russia has brought barbarism to Ukraine and committed despicable atrocities, including against women,” Truss said in a statement. “British expertise will help uncover the truth and hold Putin’s regime to account. Justice will be served.”
Truss plans to meet the President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Piotr Hofmanski, in The Hague on Friday, where she will reaffirm Britain’s support for the investigation and prosecution of war crimes in Ukraine.