One person died and at least six were injured in a Russian missile attack that hit a block of flats in Kyiv. The city’s deputy mayor Volodymyr Bondarenko said four of the injured were hospitalized while search and rescue operations continued.
Bondarenko also said a kindergarten was hit in the rocket attack, but no one was injured, and a video from Ukraine’s Interior Ministry showed a large rocket crater in the kindergarten’s backyard.
A 7-year-old girl was among those injured in the block of flats, he said. Her mother, a 35-year-old woman named Katerina, was rescued from the rubble and taken to an ambulance. She is a Russian citizen, but lived in Kyiv for a long time.
A CNN team on the ground spoke to the injured girl’s grandmother, Natalia Nikitina, who found out about the attack online and rushed to the apartment block, where she cried as she watched teams trying to save her daughter-in-law.
“There is nothing worse than losing loved ones. Why did we deserve this?” she said. Two hours after the strike, a huge plume of smoke continued to billow from the building, while the top floor had almost all windows blown out and the floor was covered in debris and bent metal.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said “strategic bombers” were used to hit the capital, firing “four to six missiles”. He added that Russia used long-range Tu22M3 bombers from Belarus airspace in a Ukrainian airstrike for the first time on Saturday.
“People are trapped under the rubble. Some residents were evacuated, two victims were hospitalized. The rescuers continue their work,” he said.
Speaking to CNN on the ground, Klitschko said Russia’s war against Ukraine was “pointless” and thousands of civilians had died, adding, “We must do everything we can to stop this war.”
Ukraine’s State Rescue Service said the fire was caused by “enemy fire” and was located in an area of 300 square meters in “a 9-story residential building with partial destruction of the 7th, 9th and 9th floors.”
The same neighborhood was hit by a rocket attack in early May and was also targeted in March.
Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to the Interior Minister, told Ukrainian television that “there are a number of military infrastructure facilities in the Shevchenkivskyi district of the Ukrainian capital. That is why the Russians are shelling this district.”
US President Joe Biden called Sunday’s attack “more of [Russian] Barbarism.” When asked if the strikes were a deliberate provocation during the G7 summit, he declined to answer.
The Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine continues
On Sunday, the head of the military administration of the neighboring Donetsk region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said Russian forces were rallying for fresh attacks in the region, almost half of which is under Ukrainian control.
“We are now witnessing the accumulation of manpower, heavy armored vehicles and artillery towards Sloviansk,” Kyrylenko said on Ukrainian television.
“The enemy is using their familiar tactics and trying to get close to our defenses to fire artillery at the cities. Enemy artillery is already reaching certain parts of Sloviansk. This is further confirmation that people should evacuate.”
Throughout the offensive in the east, Russian forces used intense artillery and rocket bombardments before attempting to gain ground. They attack areas of Donetsk from three directions.
Kyrylenko said there had been a rocket attack and rocket attacks on Kurakhove, a town on the southern front in Donetsk that has been the target of Russian attacks for more than two months. Avdiivka was also hit by rockets, he said.
As Russian forces increase momentum in their offensive in eastern Ukraine, the city of Kharkiv and surrounding areas again come under increasing artillery fire.
Video released by RIA Novosti news agency shows Shoigu exiting a helicopter at an undisclosed location and meeting officers at what appears to be a command center.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s Telegram channel said Shoigu “listened to commanders’ reports on the current situation and actions of Russian forces in the main theaters of operations at command posts.”
Shoigu is also seen presenting medals to several soldiers, including “the Gold Star Medals of the Hero of the Russian Federation and the Order of Courage,” according to the Telegram post. It is unclear exactly which locations Shoigu visited and whether they were in Ukraine.
Putin said Russia will supply Belarus with nuclear-capable missiles
“In the next few months, we will transfer to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which, as you know, can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,” Putin told Lukashenko, according to the Kremlin.
In a transcript of the meeting, Lukashenko expressed his “stress” and concern to Putin about alleged flights by United States and NATO planes “training to transport nuclear warheads” near the Belarusian border.
Lukashenko urged Putin to consider “a mirrored response” to the flights or to convert the Russian Su-35 fighter jets currently stationed in Belarus so that “they can carry nuclear warheads.”
Putin responded that while it was possible to match the US flights, “it is not necessary,” and suggested that the Belarusian military has a large number of Su-25 aircraft that could be converted to nuclear-capable instead .
The Iskander-M is a Russian-built short-range ballistic missile system capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads at a maximum range of up to 500 km (310 miles), according to Janes Defense.
G7 announce import ban on Russian gold
Biden tweeted about the announcement in Germany on Sunday: “The United States has imposed unprecedented costs on Putin for denying him the revenue he needs to fund his war against Ukraine. Together, the G7 will announce that we will ban imports of Russian gold, a major export that brings in tens of billions of dollars for Russia.”
Biden also noted the unity of the G7 and NATO in Ukraine and the Russian invasion, telling Chancellor Olaf Scholz that the G7 and NATO would stay together and not “fragment.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the price of allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to “continue his program of conquest” is far greater than the current cost.
“The price for backing down, the price for Putin’s success in chopping off large parts of Ukraine, in continuing his program of conquest, that price will be much, much higher. Everyone here understands that,” said Johnson in an interview on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany.
CNN’s Allie Malloy, Mariya Knight, Jonny Hallam, Josh Pennington, and Teele Rebane contributed to this report.