Russian strikes hit kyiv on Thursday evening while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting, in the first bombardment of the Ukrainian capital since mid-April, the mayor and AFP correspondents said. .
There was no immediate information on the victims of the strikes, which hit a western part of the city center, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to reporters confirming they were safe.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said there were “two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district” in a message on Telegram and said they were clarifying the details of the victims.
AFP correspondents saw black smoke pouring into the air and a burning building with a heavy presence of police and rescue workers in the area.
“Missile strikes in downtown Kyiv during official visit of @antonioguterres,” tweeted Mykhaylo Podolyak, senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“The day before he was sitting at a long table in the Kremlin, and today the explosions are over his head,” Mykhaylo said in reference to Guterres’ visit to Moscow where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin. a few days ago.
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