Russian strike hits Ukrainian capital Kyiv as UN chief visit

Russian strike hits Ukrainian capital Kyiv as UN chief visit

A Russian strike struck Kieu on Thursday night when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the first bombing of the Ukrainian capital since mid-April, according to the mayor and AFP correspondents.

There was no immediate information about the casualties of the strike that hit the western part of the city center, but an aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming that they were safe.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram post that there were “two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district”, revealing details of the casualties.

AFP correspondents saw black smoke spilling into the air, the building burning, and a large number of police and rescuers in the area.

“A missile was attacked in downtown Kyiv during an official visit to @antonioguterres,” tweeted Mykhaylo Podolyak, senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.