Russian airstrike hits Kyiv TV tower, cuts broadcasts – World

An apparent Russian air strike on Kyiv’s main television tower on Tuesday killed five people and interrupted some broadcasts, but rescues remained intact, officials said.

After explosions sounded around the city and smoke was seen rising in the Babi Yar area, emergency services said five people were injured in the attack.

Ukrainian officials have released videos of bodies and vehicles burned in strikes amid escalating Russian attacks on Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky asked in a tweet: “To the world: If the world is silent when a bomb is dropped on a place like Babijar, what’s the use of ‘not again’ for 80 years?”

“Once again, these savages are killing victims of the Holocaust!”

The tower is located near the Babi Yar Valley, where more than 30,000 people were slaughtered by the Nazis during World War II.

The tragedy is commemorated with a memorial statue and is a pilgrimage site for many Jews.

Ukrainian officials accused Moscow of threatening the memorial.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the attack damaged a substation and some hardware that power the tower.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said a backup system would be put in place to restore the program.

Most Ukrainian channels were found to be operating normally for about an hour after the strike.

A spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense earlier said that Moscow’s military would attack Kyiv’s technology infrastructure “to deter an intelligence attack on Russia”.

However, the SBU security services and military psychological operations units he cited did not include civilian-run television towers in the capital.

Russia escalates attacks on Ukrainian cities

Russian forces warned Tuesday they would intensify attacks on cities across Ukraine and target security buildings in the capital Kyiv. The West has promised stronger sanctions, and the United Nations has appealed for $1.7 billion in emergency relief.

As Moscow stepped up its offensive six days after the invasion began, Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, said Russian troops fired missiles at a provincial administration building, killing at least 10 people.

not AFP The reporter saw rescuers moving the body out of a building surrounded by debris and with windows completely shattered.

“This is Russia’s national terrorism,” Zelensky said in a video address to the European Parliament.

He reiterated the urgent appeal for pro-Western countries to join the European Union, adding: “Prove that you are with us, that you are not abandoning us and that you are a real European.”

Many EU MPs wore #standwithUkraine T-shirts with the Ukrainian flag on them, while others wearing blue and yellow scarves or ribbons also gave a standing ovation to Zelensky speaking at the European Parliament via a video link.

“We are fighting for equal members of Europe,” Zelensky said in Ukrainian in a speech translated into English by a weeping interpreter.

“Prove that you are with us. Prove that you will not let us go. Prove that you are a real European. Then life will overcome death and light will overcome darkness,” he said.

“The EU will be much stronger with us.”

Officials said at least 20 people were also injured in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine and 10 people were found alive under the rubble.

The International Criminal Court has already launched an investigation into war crimes against Russia, and the European Union’s foreign policy director, Josep Borrell, said the most recent attack “violated the rules of war.”

The city of Mariupol, on the Azov Sea in southern Ukraine, lost electricity after the bombing, and Kherson on the Black Sea reported Russian checkpoints surrounding the city.

In a major strategic victory in Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry said Russian forces had colluded with pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine in the region off the Azov Sea.

‘Europe’s Peace’

NATO Director Jens Stoltenberg said Russian President Vladimir Putin had visited a Polish air base, saying it had “disrupted peace in Europe”.

“Russia’s goals are clear. Massive panic, civilian casualties, and destruction of infrastructure. Ukraine is fighting back bravely.

Ukraine says more than 350 civilians have been killed, including 14 children, since the start of the Russian invasion. New Delhi said on Tuesday that an Indian student was among the victims of shelling in Kharkiv.

According to the UNHCR, more than 660,000 people have already fled abroad, and it is estimated that 1 million have become refugees in the former Soviet Union, where the population of 44 million is Ukraine.

The United Nations estimates that 4 million refugees will need help in the next few months and an additional 12 million will be needed.

By ignoring international bans, boycotts and sanctions, Russia is launching an offensive aimed at defending Russian-speaking users in Ukraine and overthrowing its leadership.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will continue “until the set goals are achieved” after initial ceasefire talks between Moscow and Kyiv failed to achieve a breakthrough.

He has pledged to “demilitarize and de-Nazi” Ukraine and protect Russia from “military threats created by Western countries.”

Western powers are planning more sanctions in response.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev countered that Russia’s vice-chairman of the Security Council said, “Do not forget that economic wars in human history have often turned into reality.”