After a blast sounded around the city and smoke was seen rising in the Babi Yar district, the interior ministry said the equipment had been damaged and “channels won’t work for a while”.
Immediately after the strike, the interior minister confirmed that the equipment was damaged and it will take a while before the channels will work again. In the meantime, he said that backup systems would be put into operation to restore programming.
A photograph distributed by the interior ministry showed a thick cloud of smoke billowing from part of the tower, but AFP journalists with a view of the scene could see it still standing.
Earlier, the Russian defence ministry spokesman had said that Moscow’s forces would hit technological infrastructure in Kyiv “to suppress information attacks on Russia”.
But the targets he cited — the SBU security service and the army psychological operations unit — did not include the civilian-run television tower in the capital.