Explosions reported in Kyiv – Ukraine

Attacks in Kyiv [Photo: Aljazeera]

Ukraine has today reported a number of explosions across its Capital – Kyiv for the first time in months.

The blasts follow months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital. This is as the last previous attack on Kyiv was in June this year.

The Ukrainian ministry of internal affairs says at least eight people were killed and 24 were injured in just one of the strikes.

Ukraine’s military says Russia launched 83 rockets in total, as a map shows strikes right across the country.

Blasts were reported in the city’s Shevchenko district, a large area in the center of Kyiv that includes the historic old town and several government offices.

After the first early morning strikes in Kyiv, more loud explosions were heard later in the morning in an intensification of Russia’s attack that could spell a major escalation in the war between the two countries which began in February this year.

In more diplomatic developments across Europe as a result of the attacks in Ukraine, Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo said the attacks are “a reprehensible act by Russia”.

“It is an unaccepted escalation,” he tweeted saying the attacks would strengthen Belgium’s resolve to support Ukraine.

The German government also reassured Ukraine of support while strongly condemning today’s attacks.

In the UK, security minister Tom Tugendhat branded the strikes on Ukrainian cities “war crimes” while foreign secretary James Cleverly said they were “unacceptable”.

“Russia’s firing of missiles into civilian areas of Ukraine is unacceptable,” said the foreign secretary. “This is a demonstration of weakness by Putin, not strength.”

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