Explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital kyiv and the cities of Lviv, Ternopil and Dnieper on Monday, after Russia accused Ukraine of orchestrating a powerful explosion that damaged a major bridge linking the Crimean peninsula. with Russian territory.
Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne quoted emergency services as saying there were deaths and injuries in kyiv, but gave no further details on the casualties.
“Several explosions in the Shevchenskivskyi district, in the center of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. “Details later.”
A Reuters witness saw a huge crater at one of the city center intersections and completely wrecked cars nearby, blackened and riddled with shrapnel.
Explosions were also reported in Lviv, also called Lviv in Spanish, Ternopil and Yitomir, in western Ukraine, and in the Dnieper, in the center of the country. Russia abandoned a first advance on kyiv at the start of the war in Ukraine in the face of fierce resistance of the Ukrainian guts, reinforced by Western weapons.
Since then, Moscow and its proxies have focused on the south of the country and the Donbass, an eastern territory made up of Luhansk and its neighbor Donetsk, deploying an overwhelming artillery force in some of the heaviest ground fighting in Europe since the war. Second World War.