Russia defends airstrike on Kyiv TV tower, doesn’t comment on damage to Holocaust memorial

Ukrainian firefighters stand beneath a television broadcast tower in the Jewish cemetery located in Kyiv's Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial site on March 1, 2022. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine)
Ukrainian firefighters stand beneath a television broadcast tower in the Jewish cemetery located in Kyiv's Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial site on March 1, 2022. (State Emergency Service of Ukraine)

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry claims Russian aviation disabled the main TV tower in Ukraine’s capital in an airstrike yesterday, but says the attack did not hit any residential buildings.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov does not address deaths from the strike or damage to the adjacent Babi Yar memorial to Kyiv’s Holocaust victims. He said the attack was aimed at disabling Ukraine’s ability to stage “information attacks.”

Ukraine’s State Service for Emergency Situations says the strikes on the TV tower killed five people and left five wounded. Ukrainian television stations briefly went down after the strike but were later restored.

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