Ukraine invasion: Russia admits to attacking Kyiv during UN chief's visit

Ukraine invasion: Russia admits to attacking Kyiv during UN chief's visit
Russia has admitted to attacking Kyiv during a visit by the UN secretary-general. Ukraine's president said the bombardment showed Moscow intended 'to humiliate the UN and everything the organisation represents'.
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Russia pounded targets all over Ukraine on Thursday, including an attack on Kyiv that struck a residential high-rise [source: Getty]

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".

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.

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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.