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A number of explosions reported in coronary heart of Kyiv – POLITICO

A number of explosions have struck Kyiv and different Ukrainian cities on Monday morning, in accordance with native officers and photographs. That is the primary time Ukraine’s capital has been below assault since June 26.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated that “a number of explosions” had taken place within the Shevchenkivskyi district within the coronary heart of the town. Photos and footage taken by reporters present rubble and autos on hearth amid rush hour. Extra blasts had been heard later within the morning.

“Sadly, there are useless and wounded,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on Telegram, though it’s nonetheless unclear what number of victims there are.

All Kyiv underground stations have began working as shelters, the capital’s administration introduced on Twitter.

Native media reported explosions in different cities, together with Lviv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia earlier within the evening. Vitality infrastructure has been struck within the Lviv area in Western Ukraine, a native army official stated.

“The aggressor launched 75 rockets. 41 of them had been destroyed by our air protection,”  Ukraine’s high basic, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, stated.

“They’re making an attempt to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth,” Zelenskyy stated. “Kill our people who find themselves sleeping at dwelling in Zaporizhzhia. Kill individuals who go to work in Dnipro and Kyiv.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s adviser, denounced “Deliberate assaults on the middle of Kyiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro — yet one more proof of Kremlin’s terrorist inadequacy.”

“Russia is just not able to combating on battlefield, however able to murdering civilians. As an alternative of speaking we’d like air protection, MLRS, longer-range projectiles,” he added.

The blasts come two days after a strategic bridge linking Crimea to Russia was blown up. Ukraine didn’t declare accountability for that assault however many officers celebrated it as a humiliating blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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