Japanese Journalist Injured in Strikes on Kyiv

A Japanese journalist was among at least 21 people who were injured in a Russian bombardment on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Saturday, December 31, that killed at least one person, according to Ukrainian and Japanese government officials.

Ko Sekita, who works for the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading newspapers, was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The Asahi Shimbun reported a missile damaged a hotel where 36-year-old Sekita and another employee, Norito Kunisue, were staying. Sekita told the newspaper he was outside when the attack happened and was injured by debris. Kunisue said a window of his hotel room was shattered by the force of the blast, the newspaper reported.

In a statement published on social media, the Japanese Embassy in Kyiv said it was “deeply outraged by the repeated mass attacks on civilians and civilian facilities in Ukraine on New Year’s Eve which resulted in the deaths and injuries of civilians, including a Japanese journalist,” according to a Google translation of the Ukrainian text.

Two schools were among buildings that sustained damage in the strikes, said Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko. Credit: Office of the President of Ukraine via Storyful