Kyiv Kindergarten, Apartment Hit by Long-Range Russian Missiles: Ukraine

Russian missiles rocked Kyiv on Sunday, striking an apartment block and a kindergarten, which killed at least one person, according to Ukrainian officials.

"The Russians hit Kyiv again. Missiles damaged an apartment building and a kindergarten. Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism ASAP," the head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, Andriy Yermak, wrote on Twitter.

He added that the country "needs modern missile defense systems badly. We are telling it our allies. Weapons save lives."

Ukraine's police chief, Ihor Klymenko, said that five other people were wounded in the attacks, Reuters reported Sunday.

According to Radio Free Europe, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that a 7-year-old girl was pulled out of the rubble from the nine-story apartment complex that was hit.

"She is alive," the mayor said. "Now they're trying to rescue her mother."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted Sunday that the girl "was sleeping peacefully in Kyiv until a Russian cruise missile blasted her home."

"Many more around Ukraine are under strikes. G7 summit must respond with more sanctions on Russia and more heavy arms for Ukraine. Russia's sick imperialism must be defeated," the foreign minister continued.

Reuters also reported that Russian missiles had struck the city of Cherkasy, which resulted in one death and five injuries. A bridge in the city was also struck.

Sunday's attacks came as the Group of 7 (G7) countries—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—met in Germany to discuss pressing international issues. Speaking to reporters at the summit, President Joe Biden criticized the attacks and said: "It's more of their barbarism," according to Reuters.

Newsweek has reached out to the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministries for comment.

Kyiv Kindergarten, Apartment Hit by Long-Range Missiles
Russian missiles struck Kyiv on Sunday, hitting an apartment block and a kindergarten, which killed at least one person, according to Ukrainian officials. Above, Ukrainian experts work outside the residential building hit by Russian missiles in Kyiv on Sunday. Sergei Supinsky

The U.S. recently sent High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine to help the nation counter Russia's aggression. When the weapons arrived last week, Ukraine issued a warning to its adversary.

On Saturday, Ukrainian officials reported that Russia had fired 48 cruise missiles at the country.

"Exclusively on civilian targets... Russia is still trying to intimidate Ukraine, cause panic and make people be afraid of Z-monsters... Ukraine knows everything and ready for anything. And it will punish for all the evil..." Mykhailo Podolyak, who is an adviser to Zelensky, tweeted Saturday.

In addition, Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said Saturday that Russian bombers had launched 12 missiles from Belarus in what the ministry described as an attempt to bring Russia's staunch ally into the war.

"This is the first case of an air strike across Ukraine directly from the territory of Belarus. Today's shelling is directly related to the efforts of the Kremlin authorities to drag Belarus into the war in Ukraine as a direct participant," the ministry said.