At least eight people have been killed in Kyiv after explosions shook several Ukrainian cities on Monday morning. The city of Lviv, which was a safe haven for those fleeing destruction from the Russian invaders, was also hit.
According to the BBC, Ukraine’s supreme commander Valery Saluzhny said Russia fired 75 missiles. Explosions were heard in Ternopil, Dnipro, Zhytomyr and Zaporizhia.
The rush hour bombings in Kyiv damaged several buildings and destroyed cars. According to Reuters, commuters were seen looking for shelter in parking garages and subway stations. One of the city’s busiest intersections was blown up, leaving a huge crater in its wake, and nearby vehicles were damaged by shrapnel.
Aside from the eight dead, 24 people were injured in the shelling in Shevchenkivskyi, a busy district in central Kyiv, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said, according to Anadolu Agency.
“Strikes against energy infrastructure in the Lviv region have been registered,” regional governor Maxim Kozitsky told Telegram, according to Euronews.
Residents have been asked to remain in temporary shelters as “the threat of further attacks” remains, Kozitsky added.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said many were “dead and wounded” in the blasts.
“On the 229th day they try to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth. Completely. Destroy our people sleeping at home in Zaporizhia. Kill people on the way to work in Dnipro and Kyiv,” Zelenskyy wrote on his Telegram account. “The air alert does not stop all over Ukraine. Rockets hit. Unfortunately there are dead and wounded. Please do not leave shelters.”
Officials said the attack was ongoing at the time of writing.
Kyiv was last attacked in June and the capital had looked relatively calm for the past few months leading up to Monday morning’s attack.
The attack came just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned Ukraine for blowing up part of the Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea to Russia.
He called the attack on the bridge an “act of terrorism”, The Guardian reported.
While Russia denies targeting civilians, Reuters reported that there was no immediate news from Moscow about the rockets raining down on Ukraine.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/kyiv-explosions-least-8-killed-russian-missiles-target-ukrainian-capital-multiple-cities-1839353?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution At least 8 dead as Russian missiles attack Ukraine’s capital and several cities