Five people were killed and another five were wounded after missiles hit Kyiv on March 1 within hours of Russia warning that its military would launch strikes at sites in Ukraine’s capital.
Ukranian officials said the strikes on a television tower resulted in 10 casualties and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said a memorial site to the Holocaust was also struck.
“To the world: what is the point of saying «never again» for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the same site of Babyn Yar?” Zelensky wrote on Twitter, referring to the memorial, which sits near the TV tower.
Ukrainian officials said the missiles that hit the tower and memorial were fired by Russia. Smoke billowed from the tower structure after the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted by state-run news agencies as promising its military would strike sites in Kyiv belonging to Ukraine’s security service and a special operations unit.
The Russian ministry said the strikes would be aimed at thwarting “informational attacks against Russia,” urging Ukrainians to evacuate the areas around the sites. Capturing Kyiv, which has about 2.8 million people, is a main objective of the Russian military, according to Ukrainian, American, and British officials.
A Russian armored column stretching for 40 miles was approaching Kyiv from the north but had made little progress over the past day, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters on a call on Tuesday. The official attributed the situation to troops running low on fuel and food, which may have triggered the shift in tactics.
“One reason why things appear to be stalled north of Kyiv is that the Russians themselves are regrouping and rethinking and trying to adjust to the challenges that they’ve had,” the official said. Besides firing at Kyiv, Russian troops were accused of shelling Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, and the southern port city of Mariupol.