Angry Russians called for attacks on Ukrainian government buildings on Sunday after the daughter of a prominent Putin ally was killed in a car bomb after a festival outside Moscow.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied any Ukrainian involvement: “We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia.” However, Ukrainian officials urged government workers in the capital to work remotely this week amid fears the buildings could be attacked.
“Kiev will shudder,” read a headline on Russia’s Tsargrad.tv website, as RT editor Margarita Simonyan retweeted a call to bomb Ukraine’s intelligence agency headquarters in Kyiv. “Decision centers! Decision centers!! Decision centers!!!” she said in a post on Telegram.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said the explosion destroyed the Toyota Land Cruiser Darya Dugina, 29, was driving near the village of Bolshie Vyazemy on Saturday night. Rt reported that the vehicle belonged to his father, Russian nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, raising suspicions that he was the intended target.
The explosion occurred around 9:00 p.m. local time, shortly after Dugina left a festival where she was attending a “Tradition and History” lecture hosted by her father, Russian authorities said.
Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Telegram that Russia would consider any involvement of Ukraine in the incident as “state terrorism”.
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Ukraine destroys Russian radar system
The Ukrainian military announced on Saturday that it had destroyed a Russian radar system and other equipment in the southern Zaporizhzhia region of the occupied areas.
“Tonight there were loud explosions in Melitopol, which the whole city heard,” Melitopol Mayor Ivan Ferodov said. “According to preliminary data, (it was) a precise strike on one of the Russian military bases, which the Russian fascists are trying to restore for the umpteenth time in the area of the airfield.”
One child loses an eye, 2 others were injured in a missile strike
A Russian rocket attack on Saturday injured 12 people, including three children, in the town of Voznesenk in the Mykolaiv region, the Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said.
The strike also affected houses and a building.
Two of the three children were in serious condition and one lost an eye in the attack, officials said.
Ukrainians walk down the street of Kiev with Russian tanks on display
Pedestrians on Kyiv Boulevard saw destroyed Russian tanks overturned on the platforms of Ukrainian trucks on Saturday. Burnt tanks and aircraft carriers were brought to Khreshchatyk Boulevard leading to Maidan Square in central Kyiv, attracting public attention. Residents were able to walk near the exhibition of military vehicles, with the street blocked to traffic.
“It’s very nice that we made such an exhibition because patriotic places are coming together and they want to rush to go help and defend. And when everyone helps, it lifts their spirits a lot,” said The Associated. Press Irina Tupolenko, student and resident of Kyiv.
The vehicles were recovered from battlefields in the east and south and signaled a challenge to the invading Russians, The New York Times reported.
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