Deadly blast at Kyiv TV tower as Russia warns Ukrainian capital | Russia-Ukraine crisis News

At the very least 5 folks have been killed after Russian forces fired on the major tv tower in Kyiv and the town’s major Holocaust memorial, Ukrainian officers mentioned, after Russia warned it could launch “high-precision” strikes on the Ukrainian capital.

Ukrainian authorities mentioned 5 folks had been killed and 5 others wounded within the assault on the TV tower, situated a few miles from central Kyiv and a brief stroll from quite a few condominium buildings.

A TV management room and an influence substation had been hit, and at the least some Ukrainian channels briefly stopped broadcasting, officers mentioned.

Later, the top of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s workplace, Andriy Yermak, mentioned on Fb {that a} “highly effective missile assault on the territory the place the (Babi) Yar memorial complicated is situated” was underneath manner.

“To the world: what’s the level of claiming ‘by no means once more’ for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the identical web site of Babi Yar,” Zelenskyy wrote in a tweet.

There was no fast touch upon the allegations from Russia. The nation’s defence ministry mentioned earlier that Russian troops would perform an assault on what they mentioned was the infrastructure of Ukraine’s intelligence providers in Kyiv and urged residents dwelling close by to go away.

A blast is seen in the TV tower, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, UkraineA blast is seen within the TV tower, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 1, 2022 [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

“With a view to suppress data assaults on Russia, the technological infrastructure of the SBU [Ukraine’s Security Service] and the 72nd major PSO [Psychological Operations Unit] centre in Kyiv will probably be hit with high-precision weapons,” defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov mentioned.

“We name on … Kyiv residents dwelling close to relay nodes to go away their houses,” Konashenkov added.

Assault on Kharkiv

Within the nation’s northeast, a residential space within the metropolis of Kharkiv lay in ruins after a constructing was struck. The second-largest metropolis in Ukraine was got here underneath heavy bombardment all through the Monday night time and into Tuesday morning.

Russian shelling struck central Kharkiv’s Freedom Sq. simply after dawn Tuesday, badly damaging a regional administration constructing and another constructions, and killing at the least six folks and injuring dozens of others, Ukrainian officers mentioned.

It was the primary time the Russian army hit the centre of the town of 1.5 million folks, although shells have been hitting residential neighborhoods in Kharkiv for days.

The Ukrainian emergency service mentioned it had put out 24 fires in and round Kharkiv attributable to shelling, and it had disabled 69 explosive units.

Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, reporting from the town of Lviv, in western Ukraine, says there’s a sense of “dread” sweeping throughout the nation.

“We’re listening to of loads of combating within the south, within the space close to Mariupol, and that’s getting fiercer on a regular basis,” Simmons mentioned.

“And individuals are coping with a large explosion, and plenty of rocket assaults, in Kharkiv,” he added.

The UN estimates that 12 million folks in Ukraine will want reduction and safety, whereas it projected that greater than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may have assist in neighbouring nations within the coming months.

A view of the central square following shelling of the City Hall building in Kharkiv, UkraineA view of the central sq. following the shelling of the Metropolis Corridor constructing in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 [Pavel Dorogoy/AP Photo]

Advance on Kyiv

In Kyiv, Russia warned residents to flee their houses as satellite tv for pc photographs taken on Monday confirmed a Russian army convoy north of Kyiv that stretches for about 40 miles (64 kilometres), considerably longer than the 17 miles (27 km) reported earlier within the day.

Nonetheless, a US defence official mentioned the Russian advance on the capital has stalled as its forces battle with fundamental logistics challenges, together with shortages of meals and gasoline, with some items showing to be gripped by low morale.

“One cause why issues look like stalled north of Kyiv is that the Russians themselves are regrouping and rethinking and making an attempt to regulate to the challenges that they’ve had,” mentioned the official, talking on situation of anonymity, the Reuters information company reported.

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armored personnel carrier speeding down a deserted boulevard during an air raid alarm, in KyivUkrainian servicemen experience on prime of an armoured personnel service dashing down a abandoned boulevard throughout an air raid alarm, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 [Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo]

The official informed reporters that it was unclear whether or not the convoy itself had stalled, nevertheless it was not making a lot progress.

In the meantime, within the southern port metropolis of Mariupol, Russian assaults critically wounded a number of folks, the AP information company reported.

Amid heavy Russian shelling, girls in a maternity hospital had been compelled to remain within the improvised bomb shelter within the basement.

Negotiations prospects

Talking in a closely guarded authorities compound in Kyiv, Ukraine President Zelenskyy mentioned Russia should “first cease bombing folks” earlier than peace talks might make any headway.

Setting out his circumstances for additional talks with Russia, Zelenskyy informed Reuters and CNN in a joint interview, “It’s essential to at the least cease bombing folks, simply cease the bombing after which sit down on the negotiating desk.”

Talks started on Monday with Ukraine calling for a right away ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces.

Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari talking from Moscow mentioned there was no clear affirmation from Ukraine if it’s going to attend talks scheduled on Wednesday on the Belarus border, in keeping with Russia.

“There hasn’t been large expectations out of those talks to start with,” she mentioned.

“However many analysts right here [in Moscow] imagine so long as the 2 sides are capable of sit down collectively, there’s a risk that they may discover a manner out of it,” Jabbari added.

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