Russia fired two missiles into Kyiv on Thursday during a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow pressed an assault in the east that drew new US pledges of military and humanitarian aid.
The rockets shook the central Shevchenko district in Ukraine’s capital and one of them struck the lower floors of a 25-storey residential building, injuring at least 10 people, Ukrainian officials said. Reuters witnesses reported hearing two explosions, but their cause could not be independently verified. There was no Russian comment on the blasts.
Russia withdrew its invading forces from near Kyiv in early April after failing to capture the city, which has since hosted visits by top officials from the United States and its European allies. But Thursday’s blasts, heard soon after Guterres completed talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, highlighted concerns that Kyiv still remains vulnerable to Russian heavy weaponry.
“There was an attack on Kyiv … it shocked me, not because I’m here but because Kyiv is a sacred city for Ukrainians and Russians alike,” Guterres told Portuguese broadcaster RTP when asked about the blasts. Zelenskyy said the blasts “prove that we must not drop our vigilance. We must not think that the war is over.”
Guterres’ discussions with Zelenskyy focused in part on evacuating Ukrainian fighters and civilians holed up in a steel plant in the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol, Russia’s main target in the eastern Donbas region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in principle to UN and Red Cross involvement in evacuating the plant during talks in Moscow with Guterres on Tuesday.