Russia admits Kiev punched UN chief during visit

Three months after the invasion, Russia intensifies operations in eastern Ukraine

Russia confirmed on Friday that it carried out an airstrike on Kiev during a visit by the UN chief, the first such attack on the Ukrainian capital in nearly two weeks, and also killed a journalist.

Vera Gyrych, a producer for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, died when a Russian missile hit the building where she lived in Kiev, the media group said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes, which immediately followed his talks with Guterres, were an attempt by Russia “to humiliate the UN and everything it represents”.

Germany condemned the “inhumane” attack which showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has no respect whatsoever for international law”.

The powerful blast had torn walls and doors and left debris on the ground.

“It is inhumane behaviour,” the 22-year-old told AFP.

– More than 8,000 alleged war crimes –

Guterres, who was in Kiev after talks in Moscow with Putin, had called the war “evil” after visiting Bucha and demanded that the Kremlin cooperate with an International Criminal Court investigation into the allegations.

Those cases involve “killing civilians, bombing civilian infrastructure, torture” and “sexual crimes” reported during the Russian occupation of various parts of Ukraine, Attorney General Iryna Venediktova told a German broadcaster.

“We are also using British intelligence to demonstrate the links between what is happening on the front lines and the Russian authorities because it is important that everyone in the chain of command is held accountable,” she added.

Ukrainian authorities said they planned to evacuate civilians Friday from the besieged Azovstal steel plant, the last shelter in Mariupol where hundreds of people are sheltering with Ukrainian troops.

In an early morning statement on Telegram, plant defenders said shelling had hit a field hospital at the plant, causing it to collapse.

With the war having claimed thousands of lives, Kiev has admitted that Russian troops have taken a series of villages in the Donbas region.

In the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian troops said they had recaptured an important village, Ruska Lozova, from the Russians.

More Western weapons will arrive in Ukraine, and US President Joe Biden on Thursday asked for a $33 billion aid package for the country.

“The cost of this fight is not cheap. But giving in to aggression will become more expensive if we let it happen,” said Biden, whose announcement was hailed by Zelensky as an “important step.”

While Biden said the United States sent 10 anti-tank weapons for every Russian tank, Ukraine’s air force commander said his country’s anti-aircraft systems were unable to hit bombers at higher altitudes.

“We need medium and long-range anti-aircraft defense systems” and “modern fighters,” said Mykola Olechchuk.

The costs of the war have reverberated across Europe, with Brussels releasing data showing manufacturing growth for the eurozone has slowed to 0.2 percent, while consumer prices jumped a record 7.4 percent in April.

Another 7.7 million others have been internally displaced, the IOM said, asking $514 million to help.

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Originally published when Russia admits to beating Kiev during UN chief’s visit

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