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Russian forces launched a missile attack on Kyiv in the early hours of Sunday morning, hitting at least two residential buildings, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko reported. This is the first attack on the Ukrainian capital in three weeks. The last time the city was hit by Russian missiles was June 5.

Just hours after the strike, world leaders sat down for a G7 summit in the German Alps.

Footage from the event shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen all mocking the Kremlin leader.

Mr Johnson joked: “Jackets? Jackets removed?

“Can we undress? »

He added: “We all have to show that we are tougher than Putin.”

Laughing, Mr Trudeau replied: “We’re going to have the shirtless riding show.”

Ms Von der Leyen added: “Oh yes. Horse riding is the best.”

Speaking after the attack in Kyiv, Mr Klitschko described it as an attempt “to intimidate Ukrainians” ahead of the G7 meeting and a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday.

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He said more residents could still be trapped under the rubble.

Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said a kindergarten was hit.

But the Russian Defense Ministry dismissed the “false” report that it hit residential buildings, claiming instead to hit the Artyom arms factory in Shevchenkivskyi district.

This is not the first time that Putin’s forces have launched deadly strikes on Ukrainian sites ahead of key world events.

In March, Lviv was shelled by Russian forces just as US President Joe Biden was delivering a major speech in Warsaw, which saw him declare that Putin “cannot stay in power”.

In April, Putin bombed Kyiv just hours after UN chief António Guterres held a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the capital.

Christi C. Elwood