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Ukraine has condemned a Russian airstrike on kyiv during a visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a “heinous act of barbarism”, as US President Joe Biden seeks tens of billions more dollars for help Ukraine defeat the Russian invasion.

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Two strikes strike in the Shevchenkivskiy district of the capital, Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko mentioned on Telegram.

There was no immediate information about the casualties, but a close aide to the UN chief sent a message to reporters confirming they were safe.

Ukrainian officials responded on Twitter to the attack on Kyiv, one of the boldest since Russian forces withdrew from the capital a few weeks ago.

“With this heinous act of barbarism, Russia once again demonstrates its attitude towards Ukraine, Europe and the world,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said. mentioned.

Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, noted that Guterres visited Moscow and had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.

“The day before he was sitting at a long table in the Kremlin, and today the explosions are over his head,” Podolyak said.

António Guterres earlier denounced the “absurdity” of Moscow’s war in Ukraine. The head of the UN tour several towns just outside kyiv – including Bucha and Borodyanka – where dead civilians, some showing signs of torture, were found after Russian troops withdrew earlier this month.

The apparent evidence of atrocities has prompted several countries, as well as the UN and the International Criminal Court (ICC), to call for investigations into whether war crimes have been committed.

“I fully support the ICC and I call on the Russian Federation to accept, to cooperate with the ICC,” António Guterres said after visiting the two sites. “But when we talk about war crimes, we cannot forget that the worst crime is war itself. War is nonsense in the 21st century. War is evil. ‘war is acceptable in the 21st century.’

Later on April 28, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine accused 10 Russian soldiers of being “involved in the torture of peaceful people” in Bucha. Iryna Venediktova said that the soldiers of the 64th Guards Motor Rifle Brigade of the Russian armed forces are suspected of “cruelty against civilians and other war crimes”.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service on April 28, Podolyak said evidence of war crimes committed by Russian troops in Bucha and other towns near kyiv is one of the reasons why the Peace talks are stalled and he sees no reason for a one-on-one at the moment. – face-to-face meeting of the negotiation teams.

He also downplayed the possibility of talks between Zelenskiy and Putin, saying Ukraine will be ready for such a meeting “when the legal positions are ready”, but that it won’t be soon.

The British Ministry of Defense warned early on April 28 that the Russian Black Sea Fleet retained the ability to strike Ukrainian and coastal targets.

Despite the loss of the Saratov landing ship and the Moskva cruiser, Russia still has about 20 warships, including submarines, in the Black Sea operational zone, the ministry said on Monday. Twitter.

In its daily intelligence report, the ministry said Russia was temporarily unable to replace its lost ships, as Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait linking the Black Sea to the Sea of ​​Marmara and the Mediterranean “remains closed to all vessels from non-Turkish war”.

In Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to support Ukraine in its war against Russia, even if the conflict drags on for years.

“We have to be prepared for the long term… It is absolutely possible that this war will drag on and last for months and years,” Stoltenberg said at a youth summit on April 28, adding that the alliance will help modernize kyiv. its Soviet-era weaponry to modern Western military equipment.

The United States, NATO’s largest member, has already supplied $3 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine since the unprovoked invasion of Russia began.

In Washington, Biden announced April 28 that he would seek an additional $33 billion from Congress to support Ukraine, a move that represents a dramatic escalation in US funding for the country. Biden said the spending was necessary “to support Ukraine in its fight for freedom” and would meet Ukraine’s needs through September.

The request includes more than $20 billion for weapons, ammunition and other forms of military assistance, as well as $8.5 billion in direct economic aid to the government and $3 billion in humanitarian and food security.

The assistance package is more than twice the size of the $13.6 billion in defense and economic assistance signed into law last month to help Ukraine and Western allies, which is now nearly depleted.

Russia has told the West to stop sending arms to Ukraine, saying large Western arms shipments are fueling the conflict.

Addressing lawmakers in St. Petersburg on April 27, Putin warned against foreign interference in Ukraine.

“If anyone intends to intervene from the outside in current events and create strategic threats to Russia that are unacceptable to us, he should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning fast. “, Putin said, according to the video of his speech provided by Russian media.

With reporting from AP, AFP, BBC, CNN, dpa and Reuters

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