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Several explosions in the Ukrainian capital after early morning airstrikes | News about the Russian-Ukrainian war


The attacks come exactly a week after Russia bombarded Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities with missiles.

According to the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, there have been several explosions in a central district of the Ukrainian capital.

The explosions hit the capital’s Shevchenkivskyi district early Monday morning and damaged several residential buildings, Klitschko said on the messaging service Telegram.

“Rescue crews are on the scene,” Klitshchko said, adding that due to what he said was a drone attack, a fire also broke out in a building that was not residential.

There was no immediate information on casualties.

AFP news agency journalists reported that the two explosions occurred between 6:35 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. (03:35 GMT and 03:45 GMT), shortly after the air raid sirens sounded. Witnesses told Reuters news agency there were two explosions.

The Shevchenkivskyi area, a busy part of Kyiv with universities, student bars and restaurants, is got hit by some rockets during rush hour a week ago was part of a Russian bombardment of major Ukrainian cities following the attack on the strategically important Kerch bridge linking Russia to the annexed territory of Crimea.

Those attacks were the most serious since Russia abandoned an attempt to capture the city in the early weeks of the war that began on February 24.

The latest raids take place in the context of “ffierce fighting“In the region south of Kherson and east of Donetsk.

Speaking in his nightly video speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that although there have been no “significant changes” on the front lines, “the main hotspots in the Donbas are (neighboring towns) Soledar and Bakhmut, where very heavy fighting continues.”

He accused Russia of sending 2,000 “convicts” – some serving long sentences for serious crimes – to the battlefield.

“They are kept ahead not only with money but also with the promise of amnesty,” he said.

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