Explosion rocks central Kyiv after apparently missile strike


Kyiv, UKRAINE (AP) — Multiple explosions rocked Kyiv early Monday after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported an explosion in the Shevchenko district in central Kyiv, which includes the historic Old Town and several government offices.

Ukrainian parliamentarian Lesia Vasylenko posted a photo on Twitter showing at least one explosion near the main building of Kyiv State University in central Kiev.

A spokesperson for Kyiv’s emergency services told AP there were casualties. Rescue teams are now operating in different locations, said Svitlana Vodraga.

The number of casualties is not yet known.

An AP journalist heard an explosion and thought it was the result of a missile strike.

The last attack on Kyiv was in June. One of his missiles hit an apartment building, killing one person and injuring six. But unlike previous attacks that mostly hit the outskirts of Kyiv, Monday’s attacks targeted several locations in the city’s centre.

Also on Monday morning, an Associated Press journalist reported hearing an explosion in the center of Dnipro city. Ukrainian media reported explosions in many other places, including the western city of Lviv, which has become a haven for many fleeing fighting in the east.

Recent fighting has focused on areas just north of Crimea, including Zaporizhia, where six missiles were fired Saturday night from the Russian-occupied area of ​​the Zaporizhia region.

The new attack follows an explosion that destroyed a huge bridge connecting Russia and the annexed Crimean territory.Russian President Vladimir Putin called it “act of terrorism” Masterminded by the Ukrainian special services.