The Ukrainian capital was shaken by several loud explosions on Monday, one week after Russia organized a huge, nationwide air strike.
Vitali Klichko, the mayor of Kyiv, declared that the capital’s Shevchenko area had been affected and asked citizens to seek refuge.
According to Klichko in his Telegram channel, the early morning blasts damaged multiple apartment buildings and caused a fire in a non-residential building. No other information was immediately available. On casualties, there was no information yet.
The same central Kyiv neighborhood where a missile damaged a playground for kids and an intersection close to the main buildings of the Kyiv National University was where the explosions originated.
Posts on social media revealed a fire in the vicinity of the alleged impact, with black smoke billowing into the early morning light.
Andrii Yermak, the chief of the Ukrainian president’s office, posted on the social media platform Telegram that Russian forces had attacked Kyiv with Iranian Shahed drones.
In recent weeks, Russia has regularly attacked metropolitan areas and infrastructure, including power plants, using so-called suicide drones.
After Russian forces were unable to take the capital at the start of the war, attacks in central Kyiv became rare in recent months.
The early morning attacks last week were the first heard in Kyiv’s city center in a number of months, and they renewed tensions in Kyiv and throughout the rest of the nation as the war approaches its ninth month. The explosions on Monday appeared to be a continuation of what many fear may start to happen more frequently in metropolitan areas.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the bombing of a bridge that connects the Crimean peninsula to the Russian mainland prompted last week’s attacks.
Putin accuses Ukraine of being behind the explosion, which halted bridge traffic and restricted Moscow’s use of the structure to supply its soldiers in the southern Ukrainian districts they have taken.
In the days prior to the attack on Kyiv, combat in the eastern areas of Donetsk and Luhansk had grown more intense. Additionally, the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south, close to Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, had continued.
In his evening address yesterday, President Volodymyr Zelensky noted that there was an intense combat in the vicinity of the Donetsk area cities of Bakhmut and Soledar.
The majority of the industrial east, known as the Donbass, is made up of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, two of which Russia annexed in September in violation of international law.
The Russian-backed government in the Donetsk region claimed on Sunday that Ukraine had shelled its main administrative building directly. There were no casualties reported.