Russia’s ministry of defense has confirmed that the country’s military had struck a television tower in Kiev on Tuesday, in what it called a bid to thwart “information attacks.”
In a statement, a spokesman for the ministry, Igor Konashenkov, claimed that “the technological facilities of the Security Service of Ukraine and the 72nd Main Center for Psychological Operations were hit with high-precision weapons” in the Eastern European nation’s capital.
He said that as a result of the assault, “the broadcasting equipment of the TV tower was disabled.” According to Konashenkov, there was no damage to residential buildings.
However, Ukrainian authorities believe at least five people were killed and the same number left wounded. Officials said that the TV control room and a power substation were hit, with some channels briefly going off air.