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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already failed in his strategic goal of “erasing” Ukraine and ending its independence after more than four months of conflict.

Blinken appeared on CNN’s State of the Union ahead of the annual G – 7 summit in Germany, and asked if Russia would win the months – long conflict following the overnight attacks on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

“When it comes to Putin’s strategic goals, he has already failed,” Blinken said. “His strategic goal is to end Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence, to wipe it off the map, to include it in Russia. It has failed.”

Blinken added, “Sovereign, independent Ukraine will be much longer than it was in the Vladimir Putin scene.”

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The foreign secretary’s remarks came as Ukrainian officials said Russia had fired missiles at Kyiv, attacking at least two residential buildings and damaging a nearby kindergarten.

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the BRICS Business Forum via video conference at his Novo-Ogario residence outside Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the BRICS Business Forum via video conference at his Novo-Ogario residence outside Moscow.
(By Mikhail Metzel / Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo AP)

According to preliminary information from the Office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, one person was killed and four were injured; Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said four people were hospitalized with injuries and a 7-year-old girl survived the wreckage.

Meanwhile, Blinken described a “strategic, terrible war” in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces were engaged in pushing back Russian forces.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addressed the press at a press conference in Berlin, Germany on Friday, June 24, 2022.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addressed the press at a press conference in Berlin, Germany on Friday, June 24, 2022.
(AP Photo / Michael Sohn)

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“And that line has changed, profits one way, profits another way,” the secretary of state said. “But what’s really important is a strategic proposition that Putin will not succeed in what he is trying to achieve.”

When Putin also tried to split NATO, Blinken said the alliance would meet at the G-7 summit, where the nations would demonstrate their unity and strength.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.