By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky was to address the Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations on Monday after Russian missile strikes on the capital Kyiv and other areas killed at least one person and injured many more.
In Kyiv, a nine-story apartment building had its upper floors ripped apart on Sunday. A seven-year-old girl was injured and underwent surgery, but her condition was stable, authorities said. Her mother – a Russian citizen – was also pulled from the rubble.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said the attacks were an attempt from Russia “to intimidate Ukraine” and to show the G7 summit it can strike whenever it wants.
Russia’s missile strikes also targeted the central city of Cherkasy, where one person died, and the Kharkiv region in north-eastern Ukraine, along with Chernihiv in the north and Zhytomyr and Lviv west of the capital. The strike on the Starychi district in Lviv was just 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with Nato member Poland.
Some missiles were launched from Tupolev bombers over the Caspian Sea, some 1,450km (900 miles) away, Ukraine’s military said. Others were fired earlier from Tupolevs flying over neighboring Belarus, which will also receive nuclear-capable missiles from Moscow.
The missile strikes and other attacks have impacted Ukraine’s troops which were forced to give up more territory in the east of the country, including the city of Severodonetsk. Russia seeks to conquer the entire eastern Donbas region, Ukraine’s industrial heartland.
Amid the setbacks, Ukraine’s President Zelensky was due to ask the G7 for more weapons. In video remarks Sunday, Zelensky said delaying arms deliveries was “an invitation to Russia to strike again and again.”
He also demanded air defense systems and new sanctions on Russia. “Partners need to move faster if they are really partners, not observers,” he said.
However, with food and energy prices rising in G7 nations and globally, public pressure is mounting on Kyiv and Moscow to come to a ceasefire deal.
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