Kyiv: A high-rise apartment building was hit by a missile overnight in Kyiv as fighting raged between Russian attackers and Ukrainian forces, officials said Saturday.
While the number of fatalities are yet to be ascertained, the missile destroyed multiple floors of the building, according to sources. Emergency services said the number of victims was “being specified” and that an evacuation was underway.
Photos of the scene shared on social media showed the apartment on 6A Lobonovsky Avenue had sustained heavy damage, with one section spanning multiple floors completely destroyed.
WATCH: Video shows the moment a high-rise building in Kyiv is hit by a missile pic.twitter.com/adrd6LSfIL
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They posted a picture online of the tower block with a hole covering at least five floors blasted into the side and rubble strewn across the street below.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko wrote online that the building had been hit by a missile.
He said in a video that the night had been “difficult”, with Russian “sabotage groups” in the capital.
He insisted that there were no regular Russian troops in Kyiv, but said they were trying to enter from several directions.
#WATCH A residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine was struck by a missile earlier today. An adviser to the Interior Minister said that no one was killed: Reuters
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Ukraine’s interior ministry later said there were no casualties in the airstrike. Residents of the building were rescued and escorted to a safe place for treatment and shelter.
Earlier in the day, there were reports of a missile landing in the area close to the Zhulyany airport in Kyiv.
“Kyiv, our splendid, peaceful city, survived another night under attacks by Russian ground forces, missiles. One of them has hit a residential apartment in Kyiv,” Kuleba tweeted.
Kyiv, our splendid, peaceful city, survived another night under attacks by Russian ground forces, missiles. One of them has hit a residential apartment in Kyiv. I demand the world: fully isolate Russia, expel ambassadors, oil embargo, ruin its economy. Stop Russian war criminals! pic.twitter.com/c3ia46Ctjq
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) February 26, 2022
Russia is stepping up its aerial assault on Ukraine. The embattled nation’s military command said areas near the cities of Sumy, Poltava and Mariupol were hit by air strikes on Friday, with Russian Kalibr cruise missiles launched from the Black Sea.