Several cities in Ukraine hit by dozens of missiles. In the capital, the population takes refuge in subway stations
A series of explosions rocked Kiev after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital. The toll, according to Rostyslav Smyrnov, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, is at least eight dead and 24 injured.
In the aftermath of the attack, six cars caught fire and another 12 were damaged, he added. At least ten explosions have been heard in Kiev since this morning at 8:20 local time.
According to the Ukrainian army, Russia launched 75 missiles against Ukraine on Monday morning, during a bombing campaign on several cities in the country. “In the morning, the attacker launched 75 missiles (41 of which were shot down by our air defense),” Ukrainian commander-in-chief Valeriy Zaluzhniy told Telegram, adding that Russia also used “combat drones”.
“They are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth,” Ukraine’s President Zelensky writes on Telegram. Addressing Russia without ever mentioning it directly, Zelensky said “destroy our people sleeping at home in Zaporizhzhia. Kill the people who go to work in Dnipro and Kiev. The air alarm is continuing to sound all over Ukraine. There. they are hitting missiles. Unfortunately there are dead and wounded “.
“The morning is difficult. Dozens of missiles, Iranian Shahids. The target is the country’s energy structures. In the regions of Kiev and Khmelnytsky, Lviv and Dnipro, Vinnytsia, regions of Frankiv, Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Kharkiv, Zhytormyr, Kirovohrad, the South. They want panic and chaos, they want to destroy our energy system. The second target is the people: the time and place of the attacks were chosen to cause as much damage as possible. But Ukraine was here before the enemy appeared. , he will be here after him “, said Zelensky who urged the population to” follow the safety rules “and” stay in shelters “.
One of the rockets exploded near the monument to the national hero Grushevsky. Also affected was the Pechersk district, where the Ukrainian Security Service building is located and near Zelensky’s office.
“In Kyiv, Russian missiles damaged the Shevchenko University, the Philharmonic and the Khanenko and Shevchenko museums,” announced the Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko, adding that the pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Volodymyrsky Uzviz near the Freedom Arch was hit.
A children’s playground has also been centered, videos posted on the web show a crater near the swings.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that “important infrastructures” have been hit and that “rescuers are at work”.
“There is an ” air alert throughout Ukraine ” and not only in Kiev in Dnipro, hit in the last hours”, Ukrainian President Zekensky wrote on Facebook on the “229th day of total war”, denouncing ” missiles hitting us ”.
Air defense systems were also activated in Odessa, a port located in southern Ukraine, where explosions were heard. Ukrainian air defense reportedly shot down three Russian missiles and five Iranian construction drones.
Kharkiv was fired by three rockets this morning, which caused damage to infrastructure leaving several districts of the Ukrainian city without electricity, Mayor Ihor Terekhov reported.
Dnipro was also killed and wounded during the night by Russian troops with Uragan, Grad rockets and heavy artillery.
There are also unconfirmed reports of explosions in Lviv. The attacks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused Ukraine of terrorism, referring to the fire at the Kerch bridge, which links Crimea to Russia.
“Deliberate attacks on central Kiev, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro. Another proof of the inadequacy of the Kremlin terrorists. Russia is unable to fight on the battlefield but is capable of killing civilians. We need air defense.” . Mikhaylo Podolyak advisor to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote on Twitter.
“Russian President Vladimir ‘Putin is a terrorist who talks with missiles.’ ‘Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba commented on Twitter about the launch of Russian missiles this morning on several cities in Ukraine, including the capital Kiev. were “multiple Russian missile attacks across Ukraine. Putin’s only tactic is terror in peaceful Ukrainian cities, but it will not destroy Ukraine,” added the minister who will stop the tour in Africa and return immediately in Ukraine’.
EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders was also there when Kiev was hit by a series of bombings this morning. In a tweet Reynders recounted what happened. “Series of explosions in central Kyiv this morning. Thanks to the quick reaction of the security staff, my team and I were quickly transferred to the hotel shelter. We are safe and awaiting updates,” he wrote in a tweet.