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Russian missiles rain down on Kyiv as a 7-year-old girl is pulled from the rubble of decimated apartments

Ukrainian leaders have described the latest attack as an “intimidation stunt” after more than 20 days of relative peace in Kyiv ahead of this week’s G7 and NATO summits

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Ukraine: Seven-year-old girl pulled from rubble as Russia attacks Kyiv

A seven-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of a decimated apartment block as Kyiv came under fire from Russian troops for the first time in three weeks.

The rocket attacks that fell on the capital earlier this morning have wreaked havoc in the Ukrainian capital.

It is the first attack on Kyiv by warmonger Vladimir Putin’s forces since June 5.

Around 6:30 a.m., multiple explosions resounded around the city as firefighters battled blazes and rescued civilians, including the young girl, from a nine-story apartment building.

Shocking images show the block’s windows being blasted and white, ashy smoke billowing into the sky.

It comes after people in Kyiv experienced relative calm for the past three weeks while war raged on in the east.







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It’s too early to confirm if anyone was killed in the attacks by Russian troops, officials say, but regional military administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said they successfully launched a missile.

Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said: “We are doing everything we can to stop the fire and get people out of the destroyed buildings.

“We hope no one died, but we will have the definitive information in a few hours.”







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He branded the Russian attack as an attempt by Putin to intimidate Kyiv ahead of this week’s G7 and NATO summits.

Russian troops had withdrawn from Kyiv and were concentrating on the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, where a bitter battle is raging for the strategic city of Severodonetsk.

Ukrainian troops finally pulled out yesterday, but despite these advances, Putin has reportedly fired his top general, who led the battle.







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The reportedly sacked General Alexander Dvornikov, who is reportedly drunk and distrusted by his officers, would be another clear sign of Putin’s frustration with his war in Ukraine, which he once believed he would win in four days.

The Russian high command is said to have removed a number of senior officers from key positions in Ukraine since the beginning of June, according to the British Ministry of Defense.







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Since Dvornikov is the commander of the Southern Group of Forces and is likely to serve as the supreme commander of the Russian army in Ukraine, his ouster is said to have coincided with that of Colonel-General of the Airborne Forces (VDV) Andrei Serdyukov, MailOnline said.

But Dvornikov’s alleged successor, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin, was condemned by the Defense Ministry as an allegedly corrupt and brutal soldier.







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It said: “For more than 30 years, Surovikin’s career has been marked by allegations of corruption and brutality.”

In southern Ukraine along the Black Sea coast, nine rockets fired from Crimea hit the port city of Mykolaiv on Saturday, the Ukrainian military said.

In the north, about 20 rockets were fired from Belarus into the Chernihiv region.







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Ukrainian military intelligence said the Russian bombers’ first use of Belarusian airspace during Saturday’s attack was “directly related to attempts by the Kremlin to drag Belarus into the war.”

Belarus hosts Russian military units and was used as a staging area before Russia invaded Ukraine, but its own troops never crossed the border.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that as a war that Moscow expected to last five days entered its fifth month, Russia “felt compelled to put on such a rocket show.”

He said: “When we know that the enemy will not succeed, when we understand that we can defend our country, but we do not know how long it will take, how many more attacks, losses and efforts there will be , before we can see that victory is already on the horizon.







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After successfully capturing the heavily contested port city of Severodonetsk, Russian forces are now attempting to secure the rest of the Donbass region to the east by blockading the city of Lysyhansk from the south.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said late Saturday that Severodonetsk and surrounding villages are now controlled by Russian and Moscow-backed separatists.

The Ukrainian resistance had been blocked after troops withdrew after weeks of bombing and house-to-house fighting.

The capture of Lysyhansk would give Russian forces control of every major settlement in the province while they already control about half of Donetsk, the second province in the Donbass.

Severodonetsk’s population was reduced from 100,000 to just 10,000 in weeks of fighting, reducing most of the city to rubble.

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