One person was killed and two were injured in Kyiv on the day of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s visit to Ukraine, when a fire broke out at an apartment block near his meeting venue. Rescue workers have so far pulled six people from the rubble alive but say it is risky work as they try to find more survivors beneath sections that collapsed or are still burning, which may hold up their search for days if not weeks..
The “kiev ukraine” is a story about the rescue efforts that are being made to find survivors after a building in Kyiv, Ukraine was hit during the visit of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Ukraine, Kyiv— As the chief of the United Nations visited Kiev, rescue workers sorted through the wreckage of a 21-story apartment building hit by a Russian missile, while Ukrainian soldiers ramped up their attempts to prevent Russian troops from advancing from positions in the country’s east.
Late Thursday, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko claimed a corpse had been discovered in the rubble at the building’s bottom. The body was eventually recognized as that of Vira Hyrych, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist who resided in the building, according to the news organization.
Mr. Klitschko said that the death toll would have been greater if many of the apartments had remained unoccupied since Russia’s first assault on the city in February and early March. Since then, Moscow has concentrated on solidifying its positions and pushing forward from the country’s south and east. Mr. Klitschko said, “Kyiv continues to be under enemy fire.”
When the missile impacted the building, sales manager Mikhail Vovchynsky, 22, and his girlfriend Olha Bortnik, 20, had just returned from work to their flat on the 14th floor. They may have been stranded in the elevator or worse if they had come home a few minutes later, he claimed. The bottom levels of the building were gouged out by the impact, and most of the windows were smashed by the shock wave.
The housing complex is located near to a manufacturing company that was previously hit by a Russian missile attack. Russia’s Defense Ministry stated on Friday that a precise Kalibr missile was used to destroy the complex, as well as a number of other targets throughout Ukraine.
Ms. Bortnik speculated that Moscow may have struck the residential complex by accident. Mr. Vovchynsky, on the other hand, speculated that it could have been done on purpose to scare residents like him who fled the city in the early days of the invasion but returned after Russian forces withdrew from the capital last month.
Following Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital, residents of Kyiv take their things out of their buildings.
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They stated they were packing their possessions into a truck but would stay in Kyiv due to business obligations.
Since the invasion began, Russian airstrikes on the city have killed over 100 people, including four children, according to Mr. Klitschko.
After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier this week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday. He told Portuguese network RTP that he was “shocked” by the missile strike, “not because I’m here, but because Kyiv is a precious city for Ukrainians and Russians equally,” and that the UN will continue to urge for a full-scale cease-fire.
In his regular late-night lecture, Mr. Zelensky said the timing of the assault “says a lot about Russia’s actual attitude to global institutions, about the Russian leadership’s attempts to embarrass the United Nations and everything that the organization symbolizes.”
Mr. Guterres had expressed his frustration earlier in the day that the United Nations Security Council, of which Russia is a permanent member, had failed to end the bloodshed in Ukraine. “Let me be really clear about something. In a joint press conference with Mr. Zelensky, he argued that the UN Security Council “failed to do all in its power to prevent and stop this conflict.” “I’m quite disappointed, frustrated, and angry about this.”
Debris inside a building hit by Russian attacks in Kyiv.
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Mark Malloch Brown, a former United Nations deputy secretary-general, told Sky News in the United Kingdom on Friday that there are now worries that the organization is facing a crisis comparable to the one that hobbled its predecessor, the League of Nations, before World War II.
“Many are concerned that the United Nations is experiencing a similar crisis of legitimacy and trust,” he added. “One of the United Nations’ founding guarantors, the former Soviet Union, now Russia, has devolved into a rogue state, a foe of international law and order.”
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Armed Troops’ General Staff said that Russian forces were continuing their attempts to retake complete control of the Donbas area in the country’s east, which broke away from Kyiv’s rule in 2014, the same year Moscow seized the strategically important Crimean Peninsula. According to the report, Russia’s major goal seems to be to preserve a land corridor between Donbas and Crimea while also attempting to cut off Ukrainian forces in the region.
Russian soldiers, according to Ukrainian authorities and Western assessments, are making modest progress. Significantly, Ukraine said on Thursday that its special forces had struck a critical railway bridge in Melitopol. Video footage revealed that it had been seriously damaged, thus jeopardizing Russia’s ability to supply its front lines in Crimea with supplies for the city of Zaporizhzhia.
A priest greets a lady who has returned to Hostomel after fleeing to western Ukraine.
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Meanwhile, Mr. Zelensky hailed President Biden’s appeal to Congress for $33 billion in more arms and economic aid for Ukraine, calling it a “major step.” The decision has strong congressional backing and underscores how the United States and its European allies are prepared for a longer battle.
The President of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, speaking in Brussels on Thursday, underscored the anticipated length of assistance for Ukraine.
“The situation in Ukraine is very unpredictable and fragile,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. “There is absolutely a possibility that this war will drag on and last for months or years.”
In Zahaltsi, Ukraine, a guy unlocks a bullet-riddled garage door.
Photo credit: Getty Images/Alexey Furman
—This article was co-written by Ann M. Simmons.
Isabel Coles can be reached at [email protected]
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