War against Ukraine: Multiple missile attacks on Kyiv

Kyiv In light of the massive destruction of cultural heritage caused by Russia’s aggressive war on Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky strongly demanded Moscow’s expulsion from UNESCO.

“UNESCO is not a place for barbarians,” Zelensky said in a video speech from Kyiv. Russian forces will destroy cultural monuments, churches, and other religious sites en masse. He said that was reason enough to exclude the country from the United Nations cultural and educational organization.

113 churches have already been destroyed or damaged. Russia is a “terrorist state” that is destroying the historical heritage with its artillery. At the end of May he had already called for Russia to be excluded from UNESCO.

Kyiv: Multiple missile attacks on the capital and suburbs

According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russia fired missiles at the capital, Kyiv, and a suburb again in the morning. The military command in Kyiv announced the targeting of military and civilian infrastructure. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko also reported missile attacks on his Telegram channel. The areas of Darniza in the southeast and Dnipro in the west of the city were affected. According to the current situation, Klitschko said, there is an infected person being treated in hospital, but there are no deaths.

So the emergency services were on the spot. According to the authorities, the suburb of Brovary, which has already been bombed several times, was also hit by rockets. The exact extent of the damage was not clear at first.

People posted pictures and videos of fires and clouds of smoke on social media. I also heard crashing sounds. In the morning there was a long air alarm. Residents are repeatedly asked to go to protective bunkers in this case. This is the deadliest attack on the capital area in weeks.

Ukrainians hold the fort

Zelensky said that since the war began on February 24, Russia has fired more than 2,500 missiles at Ukraine. “Our heroes stand on their soil and do whatever it takes to inflict as many casualties on the enemy as possible.” Referring to the focus of the fighting in Donbass in eastern Ukraine, the head of state said that the day would come when Russia would leave the region on its own. Only one person’s leadership is decisive in this, he said, without naming Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Selinsky and the Ukrainian General Staff reported heavy fighting, especially in eastern Ukraine. There is a concentration in the Luhansk region with the hotly contested administrative center Sievjerodonetsk. Zelensky said the bloody street fighting continued. Ukraine’s armed forces want to continue to prevent Russian forces from taking full control there. If the city had fallen, Russia would have achieved an important goal in the war: complete control of the Luhansk region. There were also reports of Russian air raids on the area.

The first report on the killing of Germans on the Ukrainian side

For the first time, Ukraine officially reported the death of a German volunteer fighter in combat. The International Ukrainian Defense Corps announced in Kyiv that three volunteers from France, Australia and the Netherlands were among the “fallen brothers in arms”. The names of the four men are also mentioned in the statement, but not the time or place of their death. The Foreign Ministry in Berlin said the embassy in Kyiv was trying to find out more and was “in contact with the Ukrainian authorities who have published the relevant news”.

Zelensky invited volunteers from all over the world to join the fight against the Russian army. For this purpose, the Legion was established, which is now actively engaged in recruitment. The Russian army has repeatedly spoken of the “annihilation” of mercenaries, and according to Moscow’s figures, the number of foreign deaths is in the thousands.

Bodies exchanged for the first time

According to the authorities in Kyiv, Ukraine and Russia handed over the bodies of 160 soldiers to the other side. It added that the exchange took place on June 2 along the front line in the Zaporizhia region. According to Ukrainian information, negotiations on the exchange of prisoners of war are still underway on both sides. Thousands of Ukrainian fighters take part in Russian violence, including the defenders of Mariupol, who held the fort there in the Azovstal steel mills until Kyiv abandoned the city in May.

Russian area reports bombing

In Russia, according to the Bryansk region, a village on the border with Ukraine was again bombed from the neighboring country. When the village of Slochevsk was bombed, a man was wounded and two houses caught fire. This was announced by the governor of the region Alexandre Bogomas in his news channel on Telegram. He accused the Ukrainian forces of shooting at the village. The injured resident had to take him to the hospital. The fires were put out.

A large wooden church burned down in Svyatohersk

Zelensky, in a video message, accused Russian forces of bombing and setting fire to a large wooden church in Svyatohersk (Sugatogorsk). Pictures showed a fire in the onion-domed building. The Russian Defense Ministry denied the allegations and accused the Ukrainian armed forces of shooting themselves.

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