Residents of the Ukrainian capital went nearly two weeks without an attack by Russian forces. But that changed for Kyiv residents on Thursday. Explosions rocked the city just as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was on a visit to promote peace.
Ukrainian officials say the Russians hit the capital with at least two missiles, injuring ten people. One of the strikes destroyed the lower floors of a building. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the attack shows Russia’s “true attitude”.
Guterres was visiting the city for talks with the president. The attack reportedly took place after their meeting ended. A UN spokesperson told NHK that Guterres and his team were safe.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General, said Guterres was shocked but fearless.
Guterres and Zelenskyy discussed a plan to organize a humanitarian corridor for civilians trapped in the southern city of Mariupol, including those sheltering in a steel mill. The UN chief previously secured a promise of safe passage from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
António Guterres said they will not give up and will continue to push for a full-scale ceasefire, they will also continue to strive to take immediate practical steps to save lives and reduce harm. human suffering.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine was ready for immediate negotiations on the evacuation of people from the steel plant and to ensure the implementation of any agreement.
Guterres had previously visited the nearby towns of Bucha and Borodyanka, where hundreds of bodies were found after Russian troops withdrew. Many of those killed were non-combatants who had been shot in execution style. António Guterres urged Russian leaders to cooperate with International Criminal Court investigators.