The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the Russian military struck a television tower in Kiev on Tuesday, in what it called an attempt to thwart “information attacks”.
In a statement, a spokesman for the ministry, Igor Konashenkov, said that “the technological facilities of the Security Service of Ukraine and the 72nd Main Psychological Operations Center were hit by high-precision weapons” in the capital of the Eastern European nation.
He said that following the attack, “The broadcast equipment in the TV tower has been disabled.“According to Konashenkov, there was no damage to residential buildings.
However, Ukrainian authorities believe that at least five people were killed and the same number injured. Officials said the TV control room and an electrical substation were hit, with some channels briefly ceasing to broadcast.
Russian military leaders had warned ahead of the attack of their plans to target a number of military installations in Kiev and called on Ukrainians living near relay nodes. “leave their home”.
“Since the start of the special military operation, the number of information attacks against various Russian state institutions has increased,” he added. The Moscow Defense Ministry claimed.
In a statement on Tuesday, Kyiv Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said the broadcast facility was hit by a Russian missile. He said the projectile also hit the Babi Yar Holocaust memorial site, where at least 33,000 Jews were massacred by Nazi German troops in September 1941.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the incursion into Ukraine last Thursday, after leaders of the breakaway people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk appealed for help in the face of what they believed to be a sharp rise in “aggression” of the Kyiv armed forces. Putin has insisted that his offensive aims to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country.
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