Russia said its military destroyed tanks donated by Ukraine’s allies and other armored vehicles in a barrage of missile strikes that shattered five weeks of eerie calm in the Ukrainian capital early on Sunday.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Ukrainian side.
In a message on the Telegram app, the Russian ministry said high-precision, long-range air-launched missiles were used to attack the outskirts of Kyiv and destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by European countries Eastern and other armored vehicles located in buildings of an auto repair company.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said missile fire hit Darnytsky and Dniprovski neighborhoods in the city, adding that air raid sirens went off as the blasts hit.
No fatalities were reported, but one person was injured and taken to hospital.
The attack shattered a sense of calm in Kyiv, which had not seen similar strikes since UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited on April 28.
A pungent smell of smoke fills the air in Darnystki district in eastern Kviv, with a column of smoke rising into the sky. Soldiers and police blocked a main road leading to the site. Smoke billowed from the charred and blackened wreckage of a warehouse-like structure.
Elsewhere, Russian forces continued their push into eastern Ukraine, with missiles and airstrikes carried out on towns and villages in the Lugansk region.
Lugansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Telegram that “airstrikes by Ka-52 helicopters were carried out in the Girske and Myrna Dolyna regions, by Su-25 aircraft – on Ustynivka”, while Lysychansk has was hit by a missile from the Tochka-U complex.
A total of 13 houses were damaged in Girske and five in Lysychansk.
Another airstrike was reported in the eastern city of Kramatorsk by its mayor Oleksandr Goncharenko. No one was killed in the attack, he said, but two of the town’s businesses suffered “extensive damage”.
On Sunday morning, the Ukrainian General Staff accused Russian forces of using phosphorus munitions in the Kharkiv region and said Moscow was continuing to carry out missiles and airstrikes on military and civilian infrastructure, including in Kyiv.
The General Staff said in its morning update that Russian troops used phosphorus ammunition in the area of the village of Cherkaski Tyshky in the Kharkiv region. The claim could not be independently verified.
The update also confirmed strikes on Kyiv, which took place in the early hours of Sunday. It was not immediately clear from the statement which infrastructure facilities in Kyiv were affected.
The General Staff also said Russian forces were continuing their assault operations in Sievierodonetsk in the eastern Lugansk region, one of two key towns still to be captured there.
The Russians currently control the eastern part of the city, the update says, and are focused on encircling Ukrainian forces in the area and “blocking major logistical routes.”
In the Black Sea, the General Staff said, five navy-based Kalibr cruise missiles are ready for use.