At least 10 people have been injured after Russia fired missiles into Kyiv on Thursday, during a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The rockets shook the central Shevchenko district and one of them struck the lower floors of a 25-storey residential building, wounding at least 10 people.
Rescue officials said one person lost a leg and others suffered injuries from being trapped in the rubble when two buildings were hit.
The bombardment came barely an hour after Mr Guterres completed talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“There was an attack on Kyiv … it shocked me, not because I’m here but because Kyiv is a sacred city for Ukrainians and Russians alike,” Mr Guterres told Portuguese broadcaster RTP.
The blasts are the boldest attack on the capital since Russian forces retreated weeks ago.
President Zelensky said the attack required an “appropriate, powerful response”.
“Russian missiles flew into the city. Five missiles. This says a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions, about the Russian leadership’s efforts to humiliate the UN and everything that the organization represents,” he said.
“We must not drop our vigilance. We must not think that the war is over.”
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“Another issue we agreed on was the supply of Ukrainian electricity to Bulgaria and the joint use of the Trans-Balkan gas pipeline to diversify energy supplies in the region,” Mr Zelensky said late on Thursday in his nightly video address to the nation.
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