Russia’s Defense Ministry is claiming that missile strikes in Kyiv on Sunday morning destroyed tanks sent to Ukraine by supporting countries.
Moscow contends that high-precision, long-range air-based missiles destroyed T-72 tanks and other armored vehicles supplied by Eastern European countries. The tanks and other equipment were stored at a repair facility on the outskirts of Kyiv, the ministry said.
Earlier Sunday, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital said two districts were hit, leaving one person hospitalized. The missiles were fired from Russian Tu-95 bombers over the Caspian Sea, according to preliminary information provided by Ukraine’s air force command.
It was the first time in more than a month that Russian missiles had targeted Kyiv.
Vadym Denysenko, an adviser to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said on a live television broadcast Sunday that one of the strikes hit a military target while the other damaged civilian infrastructure. But he denied Russia’s claims about tanks destroyed at the rail car facility, as did the head of Ukraine’s rail network.
Oleksandr Kamyshin, CEO of the state-owned Ukrainian Railways, said four missiles hit a rail car repair yard in the Darnytsia district but said no tanks were there.
“Officially, I declare that there is no military equipment in the repair works,” he said, inviting reporters to visit the facility and verify for themselves. “We will confirm that Russia once again lied and that their real goal is the economy of Ukraine and the civilian population.”
Though Russian troops withdrew from the Kyiv region after facing stiff Ukrainian resistance at the start of the war, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said the capital, nonetheless, remains a target.
“The war is in a hot phase,” she said during the live broadcast, according to the Ukrainian news agency Suspilne. “And Kyiv remains Russia’s main goal.”