One dead after ‘insidious’ Russian strikes on kyiv arms factory

KYIV: A military equipment factory in kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, was hit by Russian strikes on Saturday morning, an AFP journalist reported, the day after Moscow forces shelled a missile production site in out of town.

Smoke billowed from the area and there was a heavy police and military presence after Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on social media that there had been explosions in Darnyrsky district, in the capital.

He said one person was killed in the attack and several others were taken to hospital for treatment.

“Our forces are doing everything possible to protect us, but the enemy is insidious and ruthless,” he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces used “high-precision, long-range” weapons to strike the facilities at the arms factory.

The strike on the Ukrainian capital is one of the first since invading Russian forces began withdrawing from areas around kyiv last month, focusing instead on taking over the eastern Donbass region.

On Friday, Russian strikes hit the Vizar factory near the capital’s international airport, severely damaging the facility that produces Neptune cruise missiles.

Neptune missiles were reportedly used to severely damage the iconic Russian warship Moskva which later sank.

Moscow had vowed to step up attacks on kyiv following what it said were Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory.

“It is no secret that a Russian general recently declared that they were ready for missile attacks on the capital of Ukraine. And, as we see, they carry out such bombardments,” Klitschko said.

Residential areas of kyiv were repeatedly hit at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has denied intentionally hitting civilian infrastructure. – AFP

Martin E. Berry