UN condemns ‘heinous’ Russian missile attack on Chernihiv city centre

Russian missile attack on Chernihiv city

The UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine has condemned a Russian missile attack on Chernihiv’s city centre that killed at least seven and wounded 129 as “heinous”, calling for Moscow to end attacks on “populated areas”.

The attack hit a drama theatre in Chernihiv’s central square early on Saturday.

“It is heinous to attack the main square of a large city, in the morning, while people are out walking, some going to church to celebrate a religious day for many Ukrainians,” Denise Brown, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, said in an online statement.

She was referring to the Orthodox holiday of the Transfiguration of the Lord which saw some in Chernihiv attending church services in the morning.

Russia says thwarted Ukraine drone attack on Moscow area

The Russian army says it has thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow and its region, hours after other drone raids on Moscow-annexed Crimea and a military airfield.

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“An attempt was thwarted this afternoon by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack with an aircraft-type drone on objects on the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region,” the Russian army said. It added that air defence had detected a drone, which crashed in a “deserted area near the village of Putilkovo”, causing no damage.

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