Russia renews attacks on Ukrainian capital Kiev


Another military factory in Kiev struck on Saturday, a day after Moscow warned it would resume attacks.

Russia carried out airstrikes on Kiev on Saturday and hit another military factory a day after Moscow warned it would resume strikes after two weeks of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital.

Smoke billowed from the Darnytsky district of the capital’s southeast after what Moscow said were “high-precision long-range attacks” on the weapons factory.

The district has more than a million inhabitants.

Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko said authorities are still determining if anyone was killed or injured in the attack.

A heavy police and military presence had been deployed around the plant the day after a similar attack on a factory producing the Neptune missiles, which Kiev and Washington said on Thursday sank the Russian Navy’s flagship in the Black Sea.

Russia, which on Friday used long-range missiles at sea to hit the Vizar factory, said the Moskva missile cruiser sank while being towed back to port after ammunition exploded on board.

Saturday’s strike on the Ukrainian capital was one of the first since invading Russian forces began withdrawing from the regions around Kiev last month, instead shifting their focus to gaining control of the eastern Donbas region.

Ukrainian MP Sviatoslav Yurash said Kiev continues to be attacked by missiles from Russia.

“They are attacking from long range, they are attacking from planes, they have fired non-stop missiles even though they were pushed back over the border and they were defeated around Kiev.

“The truth is that as far as Kiev is concerned, we always have the threat that Russians will come back and try to take our capital.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said officials believe about 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have been killed in the war with Russia so far.

Speaking to CNN, Zelenskyy compared those numbers to what he believes were 19,000 to 20,000 Russian fatalities.

Western officials estimate several thousand dead on the Russian side. Moscow recently gave a figure of about 1,350 soldiers killed in its own ranks.

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