Russian missiles fall on home city of Ukrainian electro-pop duo Tvorchi eurovision song contestKyiv officials said late Saturday.
Ternopil, a small city in western Ukraine, was hit after the pair took the stage in Liverpool, northern England, Andrey Yermak, President Zelensky’s chief of staff, said in a Telegram post.
“This happened to the Ukrainian band Tvorchi from Ternopil in Eurovision final,” he said, adding that two people were injured.
In a separate post on its Telegram channel, Ukraine’s state emergency service said two people had been injured in the “missile attack”. It said initial information suggested two people had suffered “shrapnel injuries and burns”.
According to the post, “fragments from the cruise missile hit the warehouse, igniting a fire.”
In a subsequent statement, the Ukrainian air force said on Sunday that three cruise missiles and 25 drones were destroyed in the attack.
NBC News could not independently verify the claims.
Tvorchi addressed the attack in a post on their Instagram channel after they performed at the Liverpool event after organizers deemed Kiev not safe enough.
“Ternopil is the name of our hometown, which was bombed by Russia when we sang about our hearts of steel, indomitability and will on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest,” they wrote, adding to the article It is dedicated to the days of “All Ukrainian cities that were shelled every time”.
The sights and sounds of Ukraine are featured throughout the show, starting with the opening credits Kalush Orchestra, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Sing and dance in the Kiev subway, the tune has been adopted by musicians across the UK – including Catherine, Princess of WalesShow him playing the piano.
Tvorchi ended up finishing sixth in the competition, with Swedish singer Loreen performing her song “Tattoo”. She became the first female singer to win the competition twice.
The Russian Ministry of Defense later confirmed it struck Ternopil in a statement posted to its Telegram channel on Sunday, which said it carried out the strike “using high-precision long-range air- and sea-based weapons.” It added that it was targeting a place where “ammunition, weapons and military equipment received from Western countries” were stored.
The attack came after Zelensky traveled to Rome to meet Pope Francis and Prime Minister Georgia Meloni.
Then on Sunday, he traveled to Berlin to meet Chancellor Olaf Schulz.
There, he thanked Germany for its announcement on Saturday that it would provide Ukraine with nearly $3 billion worth of military aid, including tanks, air defense systems and ammunition.
“You can count on Germany,” he tweeted. “Together we bring peace closer!”
Inside Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Ukrainian army had made “massive attempts” to break through its Eastern Key Cities Bakhmut has come under attack over the past 24 hours as pressure on troops continues to mount.
It said Ukraine launched attacks in the north and south of the city, but did not breach Russian fortifications. “All attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were repelled,” it said.
NBC News could not confirm the claim.
It casts fresh doubt on the Kremlin’s hopes of seizing power symbolic victory in the city, and heightened broader concerns among Russian observers about military positions on the front lines of the war.
For months, Russia has been looking forward to the spring counteroffensive in Ukraine, which is expected to target occupied territories across the country.Moscow’s own winter offensive ended in open infighting as it suffered heavy losses on the field, with more than 100,000 fighters from the Kremlin army killed casualties since December aloneaccording to US estimates.
Associated Press contributed.
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