Russia bombed a railway car repair shop in Kiev: NPR

Firefighters continue to muffle a railway car repair shop in Kiev after a Russian airstrike on Sunday.

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Russia bombed a railway car repair shop in Kiev: NPR

Firefighters continue to muffle a railway car repair shop in Kiev after a Russian airstrike on Sunday.

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russia bombed the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the first time in more than a month, destroying a facility that repaired broken-down train cars.

Four Russian missiles hit four separate buildings on the large railway complex. A fifth rocket landed nearby, outside the compound. A railway worker suffered minor injuries, but no one else was injured in the strike around 5 a.m. local time Sunday.

Russia claimed it destroyed tanks and other armored vehicles, but NPR saw no sign of weapons at the scene.

Russian ground forces withdrew from the Kiev area two months ago. The last air raid on Kiev was on April 28.

Unleashing a relatively large attack on Kiev again suggests that Russian forces thought they had found a valuable target. Most of the fierce fighting in the more than 100-day-old war has shifted to the east of the country.

“I was one of the first to arrive on the scene, and to see with my own eyes that there are no military objects here,” said a Ukrainian railway official.

Journalists invited to the scene found collapsed roofs, collapsed brick walls, broken glass creaking underfoot and a building still smoldering. But there were no weapons in sight.

Russia bombed a railway car repair shop in Kiev: NPR

Major damage was seen on Sunday at a railway car repair shop in Kiev.

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Russia bombed a railway car repair shop in Kiev: NPR

Major damage was seen on Sunday at a railway car repair shop in Kiev.

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“We don’t have any military machinery in our factory. Only freight trains that help us export grain and iron ore,” Alexander Kamyshin, the CEO of Ukrainian Railways, said on Twitter

Russian ships have cut off Ukrainian grain exports by sea, forcing Ukraine to use trains and trucks to transport grain out of the country – though this comes with numerous logistical challenges. More than 20 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine, exacerbating a global food crisis.

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