On Monday, Ukraine’s presidency said there were strikes in “several” Ukrainian cities, a day after Moscow blamed Kyiv for an explosion on a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia.
“Ukraine is being attacked with missiles.” “There is information regarding strikes in many places in our nation,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy director of the president’s office, stated on social media, urging citizens to “remain in shelters.” According to Kyiv, Russia launched 75 missiles at Ukraine on Monday morning.
The explosions struck Kyiv about 8:15 a.m. local time (05:15 GMT), and an AFP journalist in the city spotted multiple ambulances heading towards the disaster site. On Monday morning, at least five explosions were heard in Kyiv. “Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskyi neighborhood — in the heart of the capital,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko tweeted.
Russian airstrikes targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, according to Zelensky. Social media videos showed black smoke billowing above numerous regions of the city. On June 26, Russia launched its most recent attack on Kyiv.
The explosions occurred a day after Moscow claimed Ukraine for an explosion on a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia, which killed three people. “The authors, perpetrators, and sponsors of Saturday’s Crimea bridge explosion are the Ukrainian secret services,” Russian President Vladimir Putin stated of the “terrorist attack.”
According to Russian news outlets, Vladimir Putin was speaking during a meeting with the chairman of the investigation committee he has formed to examine the bombing. The Russian president is preparing to convene with his Security Council later Monday, according to the Kremlin. “The president has a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council arranged for tomorrow,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
On social media, Ukrainians and others celebrated the explosion that hit the bridge. However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not directly reference the incident in his nighttime speech on Saturday, and Kyiv officials have made no clear claim of guilt.
On Saturday, Russia said that some car and rail traffic over the crucial link, a symbol of the Kremlin’s 2014 takeover of Crimea, had resumed. The 19-kilometer (12-mile) bridge serves as an important supply route between Russia and the seized Crimean peninsula. Some military observers believe the bomb might have a significant impact if Moscow sees the need to deploy soldiers from other regions to Crimea – or if residents rush to leave.
Mick Ryan, a retired Australian senior officer currently working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, stated that even if Kyiv was not responsible for the explosion, it was a “huge influence operation win for Ukraine.”. “It shows Russians and the rest of the world that Russia’s military cannot secure any of the provinces it recently acquired,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘The merciless strike’
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated on Monday that multiple raids on cities around Ukraine have killed and maimed people, including the first bombardment of the capital in months. “Air raid sirens are not going away in Ukraine… Unfortunately, there are both dead and injured. Please do not leave the shelters,” President Zelensky said on social media, accusing Russia of attempting to “wipe us off the face of the Earth.”
Meanwhile, President Zelensky condemned a Russian missile strike on Zaporizhzhia on Sunday, which killed at least 13 people, one of whom was a toddler – the latest tragic shelling of the southern Ukrainian city. According to the president’s office, the attack also injured 89 individuals, including 11 children.
“Savages and terrorists” carried out “merciless strikes on peaceful individuals” and residential buildings, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. Oleksandr Starukh, a regional official, shared photographs of extensively damaged apartment buildings on Telegram and said a rescue operation had been initiated to find victims under the rubble.
Meanwhile, Russian officials condemned an increase in Ukrainian fire into their territory on Sunday, claiming it had hit residences, administrative facilities, and a monastery. According to an AFP reporter in the city, one of the rockets hit near a children’s playground, and smoke was rising from a massive crater at the impact site.
Several trees and seats nearby had been scorched by the blast, and several ambulances had come. “Russian terrorists are attacking the capital!” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said on social media, adding that the strikes had hit the city center. “It is best not to go to the city today if there is no urgent need.” I’m also advising suburban folks to refrain from going to the capital today.”
Social media videos showed black smoke billowing above numerous regions of the city. According to Russia’s FBS, which is in charge of border security, “the number of attacks from Ukrainian military formations on Russian border territory has significantly grown since the beginning of October.”
According to the statement, more than 75 artillery attacks had targeted residences and administrative structures in the western border districts of Belgorod, Bryansk, and Kursk. 8 person were killed and more than 24 were injured in the attacks.
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