The explosions occurred at dawn. Four explosions sounded in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday June 26. A residential area near downtown kyiv was hit causing a fire and the release of a large cloud of gray smoke. “A body was found, six residents were injured, four of whom were hospitalized, including a seven-year-old girl,” said Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, who went there at dawn. He also clarified that rescue work “in the Chevchenkivsky district” continues. >> Follow the latest news on the conflict in Ukraine An AFP collaborator living in the same residential complex heard a loud buzz preceding the explosions. On Twitter, the French ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, said that “civilians” were “clearly targeted”. Strikes early this morning on residential buildings in #Kyiv near Central Station. Clearly targeted civilians. One of the residents rescued from the rubble had nationality and a passport… #WeStandWithUkraine solidarity pic.twitter.com/qktSswyJ6Q — Etienne de Poncins (@EdePoncins) June 26, 2022 Moscow reacted to these bombings and claimed to have hit a factory of missile production in the Ukrainian capital. Russian authorities call claims it hit a residential area in the Ukrainian capital “fake”. It was the Artyom arms factory which, “as a military infrastructure, was the target”, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, claiming that the damage to a nearby residential building was due to a Ukrainian air defense missile. These explosions come hours before the opening of the meeting of the leaders of the G7 countries in the mountains of southern Germany. The leaders of the great powers, including US President Joe Biden, meet from noon in the Bavarian Alps for the annual summit of the club of seven industrialized countries comprising Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. At the end of April, another Russian bombardment hit the same residential complex in the capital during a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. A Ukrainian journalist from Radio Liberty was then killed in her apartment. This time, it is “to intimidate the Ukrainians (…) in the run-up to the NATO summit”, an organization hated by Russia, Vitaly Klitschko told journalists. The leaders of the member countries of the Atlantic Alliance will meet from Tuesday in Madrid.
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