Vladimir Putin has launched new missiles at Kyiv during the visit of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres just two days after he sat down with the Russian dictator in Moscow. 

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe.

Guterres visited Putin in order to discuss the urgent need for Russian forces to permit humanitarian corridors for civilian evacuations. 

The missile strike can be viewed as Putin’s non-diplomatic response to Guterres’ entreaties. 

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been ‘two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district’ in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties.

Russian missiles hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting. It is the first such bombardment of Ukraine's capital since mid-April

Russian missiles hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting. It is the first such bombardment of Ukraine's capital since mid-April

Russian missiles hit Kyiv as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting. It is the first such bombardment of Ukraine’s capital since mid-April

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been 'two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district' in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been 'two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district' in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said there had been ‘two hits in the Shevchenkovsky district’ in a post on Telegram and said they were clarifying details about casualties

Vladimir Putin (above) ordered the strikes just two days after he himself sat with Guterres for talks in Moscow. It was the first strike on the Ukrainian capital since mid-April

Vladimir Putin (above) ordered the strikes just two days after he himself sat with Guterres for talks in Moscow. It was the first strike on the Ukrainian capital since mid-April

Vladimir Putin (above) ordered the strikes just two days after he himself sat with Guterres for talks in Moscow. It was the first strike on the Ukrainian capital since mid-April

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe

There was no immediate information about casualties from the strikes, which hit a western part of the city centre, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to journalists confirming they were safe

AFP correspondents saw black smoke pouring into the air and a building in flames with a heavy presence of police and rescuers in the area.

‘Missile strikes in the downtown of Kyiv during the official visit of @antonioguterres,’ tweeted Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

‘The day before he was sitting at a long table in the Kremlin, and today explosions are above his head,’ Mykhaylo said referring to Guterres’ visit to Moscow where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin a few days ago.

The strike on the Ukrainian capital comes as the Russian offensive in the Donbas region gathers steam. 

Several areas came under heavy shelling Thursday, amid suspicions Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to score a major battlefield success in time for Victory Day, one of Russia’s proudest holidays, on May 9.

Ukrainian authorities reported intense Russian fire in the Donbas – the eastern industrial heartland that the Kremlin is bent on capturing – and near Kharkiv, a northeastern city outside the Donbas that is seen as key to the offensive. 

Source: dailymail

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