Russian missiles shook the Ukrainian capital as Moscow took control of the key city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Iran PressEurope: Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Sunday, a day after a key eastern city fell to pro-Russian forces in a major setback for Ukraine and as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss further sanctions against Moscow.

Up to four explosions rang out in central Kyiv in the early hours, in the first such attack on the city in weeks. Two more blasts were heard on the southern outskirts of the city later in the day, a Reuters reporter said.

"The Russians hit Kyiv again. Missiles damaged an apartment building and a kindergarten," said Andriy Yermak, head of the president's administration.

Ukraine's police chief, Ihor Klymenko, said on national television that five people had been wounded.

Russia hit a missile factory in Kyiv: defence ministry

Russia said on Sunday its early-morning strike on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, had hit a missile factory.

The Artyom factory "was the target, as military infrastructure" the Russian defense ministry said in a statement, adding that damage to a nearby residential building was caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile.

The war in Ukraine has entered its fifth month. The Western alliance supporting Kyiv is showing signs of strain as leaders fret about the growing economic cost, including surging food and energy prices.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking as Group of Seven leaders gathered for a summit in Germany, said the West needed to maintain a united front against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"But the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed, to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher."

There had been no major strikes on Kyiv since June.


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