A missile hits a residential building in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted a photo of the damaged building.

Kyiv:

A high-rise building was hit by a missile overnight in Kyiv as fighting raged between Russian attackers and Ukrainian forces, officials said on Saturday.

Emergency services said the death toll was “being cleared up” and an evacuation was underway.

They posted a photo of the tower online with a hole spanning at least five floors dug into the side and rubble strewn across the street below.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko wrote online that the building had been hit by a missile.

He says in a video that the night had been “difficult”, with Russian “sabotage groups” in the capital.

He insisted there were no regular Russian troops in Kiev, but said they were trying to enter from several directions.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted a photo of the damaged building.

“Kiev, our splendid and peaceful city, survived another night attacks by Russian ground forces, missiles. One of them hit a residential apartment in Kyiv,” he wrote.

He urged the international community to “completely isolate Russia, expel the ambassadors, (introduce an) oil embargo, ruin its economy”.

“Arrest the Russian war criminals!” he added.

The Russian military said on Saturday it had targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure with cruise missiles fired from the air and sea.

Christi C. Elwood