Missile strikes on “many cities” of Ukraine – Kyiv

Missile strikes on ‘numerous’ Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, left people dead and injured on Monday, the country’s presidency said, a day after Moscow accused Ukraine of exploding at a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia.

“Ukraine is under attack by missiles. There are reports of strikes in many cities of our country,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said on social media, calling on people to “stay in shelters.

In Kyiv, AFP journalists heard several loud explosions starting around 8:15 a.m. local time during Monday morning rush hour.

The last Russian strike on Kyiv took place on June 26.

An AFP reporter in the town said one of the projectiles landed near a children’s playground and smoke rose from a large crater at the impact site.

Several nearby trees and benches were charred by the blast, while several ambulances had arrived in the area.

“The capital is attacked by Russian terrorists! Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on social media, adding that the strikes had affected the city center.

“If there is no urgent need, it is better not to go to the city today. I also ask the inhabitants of the suburbs about this – do not go to the capital today.”

Videos posted on social media showed black smoke rising above several parts of the city.

“Air raid sirens are not going off around Ukraine… Unfortunately, there are dead and injured. Please don’t leave the shelters,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said on social networks, accusing Russia of wanting to “erase us from the face of the Earth”. “

“Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Let’s hold on and be strong.”

bridge attack

The strikes came a day after Moscow accused Ukraine of causing a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia to explode, killing three people.

“The perpetrators, perpetrators and sponsors are the Ukrainian secret service,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said of the Crimean bridge bombing, which he called a “terrorist act.”

Putin was speaking during a meeting with the head of the investigative committee he set up to investigate the bombing, Russian news agencies reported.

The Russian leader is preparing for a meeting with his Security Council later on Monday, the Kremlin told local news agencies.

“Tomorrow the president has a meeting scheduled with the permanent members of the Security Council,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The blast that hit the bridge sparked celebrations from Ukrainians and others on social media.

But Zelensky, in his Saturday night address, did not directly mention the incident, and Kyiv officials did not claim any direct responsibility.

On Saturday, Russia said some road and rail traffic had resumed on the strategic link, a symbol of the Kremlin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The 19 kilometer (12 mile) bridge is a vital supply link between Russia and the annexed Crimean peninsula.

Some military analysts say the blast could have a major impact if Moscow sees the need to move troops already squeezed into Crimea from other areas – or if it induces locals to leave.

Mick Ryan, a retired senior Australian officer who currently works at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that although Kyiv was not the source of the explosion, it was “an operation of massive influence for Ukraine”.

“This is a demonstration to Russians, and to the rest of the world, that the Russian military cannot protect any of the provinces it recently annexed,” he said on Twitter.

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