capital of Ukraine, Kiev, Y “Many” other cities Bombs were thrown this Monday morning and the President urged people to “stay in shelter”.
“Ukraine is under missile attackWe have been informed that several cities in our country have been attacked,” presidential official Kirilo Tymoshenko announced in a telegram.
Russia launched 75 missiles into Ukraine on Monday morning, the Ukrainian military said, targeting the capital, Kiev, and cities in the south and west of the country in deadly strikes.
“During the morning, the aggressor launched 75 missiles. 41 of them were shot down by our air defense forces,” Ukraine’s military chief, General Valery Zalushny, said in a telegram.
The first explosions in Kiev were felt near the city center at 0815 (0515 GMT). Air raid sirens sounded moments before Explosions. Initial reports indicate that around five people died and more than a dozen were injured.
Apart from the capital, attacks have been reported LvivIn the west, far from the front line, as well as inside Dnipro (Center) and Zaporizhia (South). “They are trying to destroy us all, wipe us off the face of the earth,” Zelensky said on social media.
Later, the President confirmed several attacks in various regions.
The attack was carried out after bomb attacks on civilian areas Zaporizhia Nearly 20 people died over the weekend.
According to videos circulating on social media, columns of black smoke can be seen from various parts of the city.
A journalist AFP via Several ambulances in the center Heading towards the blast sites.
The last bombing in Kiev was on June 26.
The blasts killed three people a day after Moscow blamed Ukraine for an explosion on a bridge linking Crimea to Russia.
“The authors, perpetrators and sponsors are the Ukrainian secret services,” the Russian president said. Vladimir PutinRegarding Saturday’s Crimean bridge bombing, he described it as a “terrorist act.”
Russian news agencies reported that Putin made the comments during a meeting with the head of the investigative committee he has set up to investigate the attack.
The Russian leader is preparing for the meeting Your Security Council after Mondayhe said The Kremlin For local news organizations.
“Tomorrow (Monday) the president is to meet the permanent members of the Security Council,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The explosion that hit the bridge prompted celebration from Ukrainians and others on social media.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in his speech on Saturday night, did not directly address the incident, and Kyiv authorities did not claim direct responsibility.
Saturday, Russia reported that some road and rail transport had resumed. In the strategic annexation, the Kremlin annexed Crimea in 2014.
The 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge is a key supply link between Russia and the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
Some military analysts argue that if Moscow sees the need to move troops from other regions into Crimea, it could have a major impact if it is already under severe pressure or if residents are forced to leave.
Mick Ryan, a retired senior Australian official who now works at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that while Kyiv was not behind the bombing, it was “a huge influence move for Ukraine”.
“This is a demonstration to Russians and the rest of the world that the Russian military cannot defend any recently annexed province,” he said on Twitter.
(With information from AFP and AP)