Loud explosions were heard in the center of the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday morning. Just before that the air raid siren went off. Mayor Vitali Klitschko reports several explosions.
“Powerful explosions have been heard on the left bank of the capital,” the mayor said on Telegram, referring to a bank of the Dnipro River. According to preliminary information, the air defenses are said to have downed ballistic missiles. There have been no reports of casualties for the time being, although Mayor Klitschko advises residents ‘to stay in their shelters’.
Also press agency AFP reports ‘two heavy explosions’ Saturday morning. “Shortly before, two white smoke lines were visible in the sky, probably from Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles,” it said.
Last winter, the Ukrainian capital was systematically attacked by the Russians. The energy infrastructure in particular was targeted, which regularly left thousands of homes without electricity. However, it had already been since the end of September that Kiev had been attacked.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Zelensky said his country had deployed new air defense systems supplied by Western allies in anticipation of a new wave of Russian attacks on energy infrastructure.