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Putin’s ‘middle finger’ to the UN sends clear message to the West

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the town of Borodyanka outside of Kyiv on Thursday [Gleb Garanich/Reuters] Mayor  Vitali Klitschko  said on Friday a missile attack on his city Kyiv was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s way of giving “his middle finger” to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the West over the war in Ukraine. The targeting of the capital on Thursday killed at least one person and wounded 10 others, and was the first on Kyiv since Russia refocused its efforts on the  Donbas region in eastern Ukraine . Guterres and his team were not hurt. The attacks were the boldest Russian attack on the capital since Moscow’s forces retreated weeks ago following their failure to take the city. Russia is now pushing into the Donbas, the country’s eastern industrial region, which the Kremlin has said is its main objective. Volodymyr Fesenko, a Ukrainian political analyst and head of the Kyiv-based Penta Center think-tank, said  the missile attacks carried a message : “R