RFE/RL journalist died in russian airstrikes on Kyiv

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RFE/RL journalist Vira Hyrych has died in Kyiv after a russian missile strike hit the residential building where she lived in the Ukrainian capital.

Hyrych’s body was found early in the morning on April 29 amid the wreckage of the building, which was hit by a russian missile the night before, rferl.org informs.

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Vira Hyrych

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Kyiv on April 28 as missile strikes hit the capital, including the apartment block.

russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed “long-range, high-precision” missiles had hit factory buildings in Kyiv of Ukrainian rocket manufacturer Artem on April 28.

Ukrainian officials have not commented on whether the factory had been hit during the attack.

The United States is still trying to ascertain whether there was a military target for the strike or whether russia may simply have been “trying to send a message to the international community,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on MSNBC.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram on April 29 that one body had been retrieved from the rubble and another 10 people had been injured in the strikes. He gave no further details.

As reported earlier, Ukrainian parliament revealed the names of other journalists who have been killed in Ukraine since the start of the russian invasion.

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