Russia attacks Ukrainian capital

Russia launched an attack on the Ukrainian capital on Sunday.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least one apartment building was hit by the shelling.

Sunday’s attack comes on the same day that the leaders of the Group of Seven of the world’s wealthiest democracies meet in Germany.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will be at the heart of the summit. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday he would attend the summit on Monday.

Ahead of the summit, US President Joe Biden said the United States and other G-7 economies would ban the import of Russian gold, the latest sanction imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of the ‘Ukraine.

The attack on the Ukrainian capital comes a day after the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, a major victory for Russia after weeks of fierce fighting, with the ongoing battles leading to international hikes in food prices and fuel.

Meanwhile, Russia launched rocket attacks across Ukraine on Saturday. The attacks were reportedly launched from Belarusian airspace, just hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin was to meet Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in St Petersburg, Russia.

Zelenskyy said in his daily address on Saturday that “Ukraine needs more armed assistance, and air defense systems – the modern systems that our partners have – should not be in training areas or storage facilities, but in Ukraine, where they are now needed, more needed than anywhere else in the world.

Ukraine said Russian forces had fully occupied Lysychansk, a town neighboring Sievierodonetsk in the eastern Luhansk region. Moscow claimed to have surrounded around 2,000 Ukrainian troops in the area.

The Russian advances seemed to bring the Kremlin closer to taking full control of Luhansk province, one of Moscow’s declared war aims.

To stabilize the situation in Luhansk, Ukraine needs “parity of fire” with Russia, the Ukrainian general-in-chief told his American counterpart on Friday.

“We discussed the operational situation and the flow of international technical assistance delivery,” Ukrainian General Valeriy Zaluzhniy wrote on the Telegram app after a phone call with the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. , General Mark Milley.

Ukraine said Russia’s artillery advantage on the Donbass frontlines was taking a heavy toll on Ukrainian troops and called on its Western partners to provide more weapons to minimize the shortfall.

A senior US defense official on Friday hailed Ukraine’s decision to withdraw from Sievierodonetsk, calling it “professional” and “tactical”.

“What they’re doing is putting themselves in a position where they can better defend themselves,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence and other sensitive information.

And while the official said Russian forces managed to secure gains around Sievierodonetsk, those gains came at a considerable cost.

“The Russians suffered heavy losses and they also suffered heavy equipment losses,” the official said. “Russian forces are showing signs of wear and tear and weakened morale, and this is impacting their ability to move forward quickly.”