KYIV, June 26 (Reuters) - Russian missiles struck a
residential building and the compound of a kindergarten in
central Kyiv on Sunday, killing one person and wounding six
more, officials said, as Moscow stepped up its air strikes on
Ukraine for a second day.
Firefighters put out a fire in a badly damaged nine-storey
residential building in the central Shevchenkivskiy district,
the emergency services said. Debris was strewn over parked cars
outside a smouldering building with a crater in its roof.
"They (rescuers) have pulled out a seven-year-old girl. She
is alive. Now they're trying to rescue her mother," Kyiv's mayor
Vitali Klitschko said
"There are people under the rubble," Klitschko said on the
Telegram messaging app. He added that several people had been
Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk later updated the casualty
toll to one person killed and at least six wounded and said the
missile struck near the site of a similar attack in late April.
About 400 metres away, a Reuters photographer saw a large
fresh crater by the playground of a private kindergarten that
had smashed windows. Some privately-held storage garages in the
area were completely destroyed.
Blasts were heard in other parts of Kyiv on Sunday, but
these were the sound of air defence destroying other incoming
strikes, the deputy mayor said on national television.
There was no immediate comment from Moscow, which denies
Russia's defence ministry said it had used high-precision
weapons to strike Ukrainian army training centres in the regions
of Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and Lviv, an apparent reference to
strikes reported by Ukraine on Saturday.
A Ukrainian air force spokesperson said between four to six
long-range missiles were fired on Sunday from Russian bombers
more than a thousand kilometres away in the southern Russian
region of Astrakhan that looks out onto the Caspian Sea.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Group of Seven
countries at a three-day summit should respond to the attack by
ramping up sanctions on Russia and providing more heavy weapons
The last major strike on Kyiv was on June 5 when a rail car
repair facility was hit on the outskirts. In late April, a Radio
Liberty producer was killed in a strike that hit the building
she lived in.
The Shevchenkivskiy historic district is home to a cluster
of universities, restaurants and art galleries.
Russia abandoned an early advance on Kyiv in the face of
fierce resistance bolstered by Western arms.
Since then Moscow and its proxies have focused on the south
and Donbas, an eastern territory made up of Luhansk and its
neighbour Donetsk, deploying overwhelming artillery in some of
the heaviest ground fighting in Europe since World War
(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Valentyn Ogirenko, Alessandra
Prentice; Writing Lidia Kelly and Tom Balmforth; Editing by
Michael Perry, David Clarke and Toby Chopra)