Updated Jun 26, 2022 - World

Russia strikes Kyiv for first time in three weeks

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Water fills a crater created by Russian missiles at a nursery school in Kyiv on June 26. Photo: Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, early on Sunday, striking at least two residential buildings, AP reports.

Driving the news: It was the first strike on the capital since June 5, and took place as Russian troops consolidated gains in the east.

  • The attack on Kyiv also came as G7 leaders gathered in Germany for a summit largely focused on the war in Ukraine.

State of play: Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said four people were hospitalized with injuries, and a 7-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble, AP reports.

  • Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko said in a Telegram post that a kindergarten was hit in the attacks.
  • AP journalists in Kyiv reported rescue services were battling flames and rescuing civilians.

What they are saying: The United States ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget A. Brink, tweeted on Sunday that she was "appalled" by the attack.

  • "As the Kremlin continues its indiscriminate attacks on [Ukraine] civilians, [the U.S.] & our partners will pursue every avenue to ensure those responsible for atrocities are held accountable."

The big picture: The strike came on the same day President Biden said the United States and other G7 leaders are set to announce a ban on imports of gold from Russia. They hope that measure will further isolate Russia economically over its invasion of Ukraine.

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