Five dead in Russian missile attack on TV tower in Ukrainian capital Kyiv
An apparent Russian airstrike targeting Kiev’s main TV tower killed five people on Tuesday, officials said, cutting some broadcasts but leaving the structure intact.
After an explosion sounded in the city and smoke was seen rising in Babi Yar district, the emergency department said five people were also injured in the attack.
Ukrainian officials released images of charred bodies and damaged cars from the strike, which came during a wave of Russian attacks on Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv.
“To the world: what’s the point of saying ‘never again’ for 80 years, if the world remains silent when a bomb falls on the same Babi Yar site,” Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky asked in a tweet.
“Once again, these barbarians are murdering the victims of the Holocaust!
The tower is based near the Babi Yar ravine where over 30,000 people were massacred by the Nazis during World War II.
The tragedy is commemorated by a memorial statue and is a place of pilgrimage for many Jews.
Ukrainian officials accused Moscow of threatening the memorial.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the attack damaged the tower’s transformer station, which supplies it with electricity, as well as some of its equipment.
The Home Office said backup systems would be put into operation to restore programming.
Most Ukrainian channels appeared to be operating normally about an hour after the strike.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said that Moscow forces would strike the technological infrastructure in Kyiv “to suppress information attacks against Russia”.
But the targets he cited – the SBU’s security service and the army’s psychological operations unit – did not include the civilian-run TV tower in the capital.
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