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Blinken ‘appalled’ by Russian strike that hit Babi Yar memorial complex

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemns a Russian missile attack on a Ukrainian television transmitter in Kyiv that killed five people and also struck the city’s Babi Yar Holocaust memorial site.

“We are appalled by reports that Russian bombs have struck near the memorial site of Babyn Yar, killing more people where tens of thousands of Jews were massacred in the Holocaust. We condemn this brutal war against Ukraine,” Blinken tweets.

At least one missile struck a crop of buildings in a Jewish cemetery located in the Babi Yar complex. The missile strike sparked a fire in the building.

The Babi Yar memorial sits atop a mass grave containing some 34,000 Jews who were slaughtered there over a two-day period in 1941.

Blinken has previously shared the story of his Jewish Holocaust survivor stepfather, who in the 1970s combated Soviet attempts to erase the memory of the Babi Yar massacre.

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