Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of trying to “humiliate” the United Nations by attacking Kyiv during a visit by Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday, breaking a period of relative peace in the city amid reports of heavy losses on both sides in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow is focusing its offensive.
On Friday, Russia said its forces targeted production facilities for a space-rocket plant in Kyiv with high precision long-range missiles on Thursday, the same day Guterres toured the city, slammed attacks on civilians and said the war was an “absurdity in the 21st century.”
The missiles struck around an hour after Guterres and Zelensky held a joint news conference after a period of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital as Russia shifts its focus east.
Zelensky said the attack was an effort to “humiliate the UN and everything that the Organization represents.”
It says “a lot about Russia’s true attitude to global institutions,” he added.
Zelensky said the attack merited a “strong response.”