Rescue workers search for survivors in an apartment building in Kyiv during the UN chief’s visit to Ukraine 2022-04-29 08:43:00

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Kyiv, Ukraine – Rescue workers have searched the wreckage of a 21-storey apartment building that was hit by a Russian missile here as the head of the United Nations visited the Ukrainian capital, while Ukrainian forces intensified their efforts to prevent Russian forces advance From locations in the east of the country.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a body was found among the rubble around the bottom of the building late Thursday. He said the death toll would likely have been higher had it not been for the fact that many apartments had been empty since Russia’s initial attempt to seize the city in February and early March. Since then, Moscow has focused on consolidating its positions and advancing from the south and east of the country. “Kyiv is still under enemy fire,” said Mr. Klitschko.

Sales manager Mikhail Vovchinsky, 22, and his girlfriend, Olha Bortnik, 20, had just returned from work to their 14th-floor apartment when A missile hit the building. If they had gotten home only a few minutes later, they might have gotten stuck in the elevator, or worse, he said. Although the structure is still standing, its lower floors have been torn off by the impact and most of the windows have been shattered by the shock wave.

The apartment building is located next to a factory previously targeted by a Russian strike. On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said it destroyed the facility with the Kalibr precision missile, as well as hitting a range of other targets across Ukraine.

Ms Bortnik said Moscow may have hit the apartment building by mistake. But Mr Vovchynsky speculated that he could have been deliberately targeted to frighten residents like him who fled the city in the early days of the invasion but returned after Russian forces withdrew from around the capital last month.

Kyiv residents remove their belongings from the building after Russian strikes in the Ukrainian capital.


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They said they were loading their belongings into a car but were planning to stay in Kyiv because of work.

Mr. Klitschko said more than 100 civilians have been killed in Russian attacks on the capital since the invasion began, including four children.

The missile strike came shortly after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday after meeting the Russian president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

In Moscow earlier this week. He said the United Nations would continue to press for a large-scale ceasefire, telling Portuguese broadcaster RTP that Shocked by the missile attackNot because I am here but because Kyiv is a holy city for Ukrainians and Russians alike.

Meanwhile, in his regular late-night address, Mr. Zelensky said that the timing of the attack “says a lot about Russia’s true attitude toward global institutions, and about the efforts of the Russian leadership to humiliate the United Nations and everything the organization stands for.”

Earlier in the day, Mr. Guterres admitted his indignation that the UN Security Council, of which Russia is a permanent member, had failed to stop the conflict in Ukraine. “Let me be very clear. He said at a joint press conference with Mr. Zelensky that the Security Council had failed to do everything in its power to prevent and end this war. “This is a source of great disappointment, frustration and anger.”

Debris inside a building in Kyiv destroyed by Russian strikes.


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Speaking to Britain’s Sky News on Friday, Mark Malloch Brown, the former deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, said there were now fears that the organization was facing a crisis similar to the one that crippled its predecessor, the League of Nations, before World War II.

“There are many who worry that the United Nations is facing a similar moment of crisis of legitimacy and confidence,” he said. “One of the original guarantors of the United Nations, the former Soviet Union, and now Russia, has become a rogue state, an enemy of international law and order.”

Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Russian forces are continuing their efforts to fully control the Donbass region in the east of the country, parts of which seceded from Kyiv’s control in 2014, the same year in Moscow. Strategic annexation of Crimea. She said the primary Russian goal appeared to be to maintain a land corridor from Donbass to Crimea, while trying to isolate Ukrainian units in the area.

Ukrainian officials and Western analysts say Russian forces are making slow progress. Notably, Ukraine said its special forces struck a strategic railway bridge in Melitopol on Thursday. Video footage showed it had been severely damaged, potentially disrupting Russia’s ability to supply its front lines towards the city of Zaporizhia from Crimea.

A priest welcomes a woman to Hostomil after she has fled to western Ukraine.


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Meanwhile, Mr. Zelensky welcomed the news that President Biden has sent a request to Congress $33 billion to fund more arms and economic aid For Ukraine, calling it an important development. The move won broad support in Congress and indicates how the United States and its European allies are preparing for a longer war.

The NATO chief, speaking in Brussels on Thursday, stressed the likely duration of support Ukraine would need.

“It is a very fragile and unpredictable situation in Ukraine, but there is an absolute possibility that this war will continue and go on for months and years,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

A man opens a garage door riddled with bullet holes in Zhaltsi, Ukraine.


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