According to reports, a building that houses the Visa Office of the German Consulate in Kyiv (Kiev), was struck during a Russian strike across Ukraine.
Germany’s BILD tabloid newspaper, the most popular in Europe, cited Sergej Sumlenny, former chairman of Heinrich Boll Foundation, as citing that “the building where the visa office for the German embassy was located in Kyiv was attacked by the Russians” during Monday’s missile strike.
Sumlenny posted his social media post in which he tagged Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Bock and Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He suggested that “[m]aybe a few Leopards can be sent [to check the situation on ground” — a reference the Leopard 2 main battle tanks, which serve as the foundation of German armoured capability.
Deutsche Welle (DW), a BBC-like tax funded German media organization, has also reported about the visa office being involved in strikes.
Many believe that the attacks on infrastructure in Kyiv, and other major cities, were in retaliation to the blast that destroyed part of Kerch Bridge between Crimea, mainland Russia, at the weekend. The Ukrainians rejoiced even though they didn’t claim definitive responsibility.
In televised comments following the strikes, President Vladimir Putin declared that “if acts of terror continue against Russia,”
“The responses will not be as severe as the Russian threats. He warned that there should be no doubts.
“So, russkies? You really think that you can compensate your incompetence on the battlefield by missile strikes on peaceful towns?” replied Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence. They were in combative mood following advances in Donbas, the southern Kherson region, and Russia’s victory over occupied territory near Kharkiv.
“You don’t understand it, do you? Your terrorist strikes only make our enemies stronger. The Ukrainians promised that they would pursue you.
Officials in Ukraine claim that the strikes were primarily directed at “critical infrastructure” and left citizens with heat and power outages, or even death.