Ukraine invasion: Russia admits to attacking Kyiv during UN chief's visit
Russia confirmed on Friday that it carried out an airstrike on Kyiv during a visit by the UN's secretary general, the first such attack on the Ukrainian capital in nearly two weeks, and in which a journalist also died.
Vera Gyrych, a producer for the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was killed when a Russian missile hit the building where she lived in Kyiv, the media group said.
Russia's defence ministry said it had deployed "high-precision, long-range air-based weapons" that "destroyed the production buildings of the Artyom missile and space enterprise in Kyiv".
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes, which immediately followed his talks with UN chief Antonio Guterres, were an attempt by Russia "to humiliate the UN and everything that the organisation represents".
Radio Liberty journalist Vera Gyrych was killed yesterday by a Russian missile hitting her home in Kyiv. Her body was found under the wreckage this morning. Colleagues remember her as “a bright and kind person, a true professional.” Our condolences to her family. pic.twitter.com/Aqc7BiVhAm— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) April 29, 2022
Earlier that day, Guterres had toured Bucha and other Kyiv suburbs where Moscow is alleged to have committed war crimes. Russia denies killing civilians.
Germany said the "inhumane" attack showed Russian President Vladimir Putin has "no respect whatsoever for international law".
The powerful blast had ripped out walls and doors, leaving piles of rubble on the ground.
"I think Russians aren't afraid of anything, not even the world's judgement," Anna Hromovych, deputy director of a heavily damaged clinic, told AFP as she and others were cleaning up the devastation on Friday.
Putin is nevertheless due to attend November's G20 summit, President Joko Widodo of host nation Indonesia said. Zelensky also has been invited.
Three months into an invasion that failed in its short-term aim of capturing Kyiv, Russia is now intensifying operations in the eastern Donbas region and tightening its stranglehold on the devastated southern port city of Mariupol.