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Latest in Ukraine: Deadly Russian Missile Attack Hits Kyiv

Voice of America
01 Jun 2023, 18:36 GMT+10

Latest Developments:

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  • U.S. announces temporary suspension of tariffs on Ukrainian steel has been extended for one year.
  • U.N. expresses concerns about repeated attacks on health facilities in Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials said Thursday a Russian missile attack targeted Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, killing at least three people and injuring 10 others.

The Ukrainian military said it intercepted all 10 short-range missiles fire by Russia.

Kyiv officials said debris from the missiles damaged apartment buildings, a medical clinic and a water pipeline.

Russia carried out frequent aerial attacks on Kyiv in May as Ukraine prepared for an expected counteroffensive to try to take back territory Russian forces have seized since launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine early last year.

Ukrainian Police officers inspecting a fragment of the rocket after a Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2023. Ukrainian Police officers inspecting a fragment of the rocket after a Russian rocket attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 29, 2023.

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The governor of western Russia's Belgorod region said Thursday overnight shelling wounded multiple people in the town of Shebekino.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram the attack damaged several buildings as well. He blamed Ukrainian forces.

NATO support

In Oslo, NATO foreign ministers gathered Thursday to discuss increasing their support for Ukraine as well as Ukraine's aspirations to join the military alliance.

"All allies agree that the most urgent and important task now is that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign and independent nation," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters. "President Putin must not win this war."

Ukrainian rescuers walk past damaged emergency service trucks next to a damaged fire station after a strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in this handout photo published May 22, 2023. (AFP/State Emergency Service of Ukraine ) Ukrainian rescuers walk past damaged emergency service trucks next to a damaged fire station after a strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in this handout photo published May 22, 2023. (AFP/State Emergency Service of Ukraine )

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Asked about attacks on Russian soil attributed to Ukraine, Stoltenberg said Ukraine was attacked by Russia and has the right to defend itself. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin can stop the war at any time, and that those responsible for war crimes in Ukraine must be held accountable.

Thursday's meeting in Oslo comes ahead of a summit of NATO leaders next month in Lithuania where Stoltenberg said he expects allies will agree on a long-term commitment to support Ukraine. He said Ukraine needs to have the capabilities and strength to defend itself and deter any future attempts by Russia to repeat its invasion.

Stoltenberg had expressed hope that NATO allies would approve Sweden's bid to join the alliance before the July summit. All existing members must give their approval, and to date only Hungary and Turkey have not.

The NATO chief said Thursday he will soon travel to Ankara to continue discussing the situation with leaders there. Turkey has accused Sweden of not doing enough to crack down on groups that Turkey considers terrorists. Stoltenberg noted that a new anti-terrorism law went into effect Thursday in Sweden and reiterated that he is confident Sweden will become a full NATO member.

FILE - A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet ( C foreground) is seen between U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2015. FILE - A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet ( C foreground) is seen between U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, Dec. 11, 2015.

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Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

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