Zelenskyy: Russia steps up attacks at G7 summit

Russian forces fired cruise missiles at the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other locations. Ukrainian leaders have criticized the attacks as an attempt to control the Group of Seven nations.

Russian forces are stepping up their offensive after declaring control of the key eastern city of Severodonetsk. They attacked Ukrainian military training facilities in the north and west with cruise missiles.

Russian missiles also hit central Kyiv on Sunday morning. Ukrainian prosecutors said one person was killed and at least four injured.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address on Sunday that the attacks damaged a kindergarten and an apartment building.

He also said a 37-year-old man died and a seven-year-old girl and her mother, a Russian citizen, were among the injured.

The president accused Russia of stepping up attacks whenever international events take place. He was referring to the G7 summit that started in Germany.

US President Joe Biden, who is in Germany to attend the summit, called the attacks “barbaric”. He expressed his willingness to discuss increased pressure on Moscow with other G7 leaders.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – former Soviet states in Central Asia – later this week.

It will be his first overseas trip since the invasion began in February.