Russian invaders launch missile strike on Kyiv for first time since late April

5 June, 01:00 PM
Smoke in Kyiv after the missile strike, June 5, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Smoke in Kyiv after the missile strike, June 5, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Russia launched missiles at the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv early on June 5, striking the Ukrainian capital forthe first time since late April.

An air raid alert in Kyiv and the oblast was triggered at about 5 a.m., and shortly after city residents heard explosions on the left bank of the capital city.

At 6.30 a.m., Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko confirmed that blasts had occurred in the city’s Darnytskyi and Dniprovskyi districts, on the left bank of the Dnipro river.

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After an hour, he said that there had been no fatalities as a result of the Russian missile attack.

"One person has been hospitalized," Klitschko said. "The emergency services are still working at the scene."

Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of the supervisory board of Ukraine's railway company Ukrazaliznytsia, said that the missiles had hit the company's facilities.

It is still unknown how many enemy missiles struck the city. Eyewitnesses said they had heard the sounds of Ukrainian air defenses launching to intercept incoming enemy missiles.

At 8.24 a.m., Kyiv Regional Military Administration announced that one enemy missile had been shot down over Kyiv Oblast’s Obukhiv district. According to preliminary reports, there were no casualties or damage from that shoot-down.

Later, the Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the "Rashists" (Russian fascists) had launched missiles from Tu-95 aircraft from the Caspian Sea.

The air raid alert was triggered almost all over the country at night and in the morning. There were also Russian airstrikes in Mykolaiv Oblast and in the Donbas.

At 5.30 a.m., a Russian Kalibr-type cruise missile flew extremely low over the Pivdennoukrainsk (South Ukraine) NPP, Ukraine's state-owned Energoatom nuclear energy company reported.

The company described this as another act of nuclear terrorism by Russia. This missile was likely on its way to Kyiv.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the President's Office, said that the enemy attack on the Ukrainian capital city had occurred not long after there had been calls "not to humiliate Russia," in particular, from French President Emmanuel Macron.

"Today's missile strikes at Kyiv have only one goal – to kill as many Ukrainians as possible,” Podolyak tweeted on June 5.

“Every such terrorist attack must be given a tough response from European capitals: more sanctions (against Russia), more weapons (for Ukraine)."

Russia’s last missile attack on Kyiv was on April 28. In that attack, Radio Liberty journalist Vira Hyrych was killed and another 10 people were wounded after a cruise missile hit a residential building in Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyi district.

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