Kyiv and cities across Ukraine were hit by a barrage of attacks on the bridge

Kyiv, Ukraine – A series of explosions rocked the city of Kyiv on Monday morning, with some hitting the heart of the Ukrainian capital’s center during rush hour, and rocket attacks hitting cities across the country, as Russia apparently sought revenge for Saturday blast On the Crimean Bridge.

Suspected Russian missiles caused loud explosions around 8:15 a.m., and vehicles caught fire near Taras Shevchenko Park – on a road often crowded with rush-hour traffic.

The Kyiv Police Department stated on its Telegram channel that at least five people were killed and at least 12 others were injured in the raids.

Explosions have been reported in other major Ukrainian cities On Monday, including Zaporizhzhya, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Lviv, where Moscow launched a barrage of missiles in the form of waves.

In Kyiv, the strikes came in two waves, the first attack on the city since June. But even when the Russian troops were on the outskirts of the capital in the first months of the war, no attack hit so directly in the city center.

The Russian strikes in the heart of the capital have raised questions about the strength of Ukraine’s air defenses, which officials have been pushing Western countries to bolster with additional security aid.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Kyiv was communicating with its Western allies to organize a response to Monday’s strikes. Kuleba posted: “I have been in constant contact with partners since early morning today to coordinate a firm response to the attacks of the Russians.” on Twitter. “I am also interrupting my African tour and returning to Ukraine immediately.”

Monday’s strike appeared to have been in retaliation for Saturday’s attack on the bridge across the Kerch Strait, which had been partially reopened, including to rail traffic. The Crimean Bridge is a strategic link between mainland Russia and Crimea and a symbol of President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to annex Ukrainian territory.

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put it in He blamed the Ukrainian Special attack services.

“There is no doubt that the attack was aimed at destroying the vital civilian infrastructure of the Russian Federation,” Putin said in a video released by the Kremlin on Sunday. The 12-mile stretch, while used by civilians, is an important military logistics channel for the Russian military, and is the only direct mainland and rail route from mainland Russia to Crimea, which the Kremlin illegally invaded and annexed in 2014.

Monday’s attacks came after Russia announced on Saturday the appointment of General Sergei Surovkin as commander-in-chief of the war in Ukraine. Surovkin is a veteran officer who led the Russian military campaign in Syria in 2017.

Monday’s missile strikes shattered the sense of relative peace Kyiv has experienced since April, when Ukrainian forces pushed Russian forces back from the region’s northern fringes.

Reports of explosions across the country over several hours go back to the first day of the war, when Russia attempted to eliminate Ukrainian military installations to clear the way for the invasion. But it appeared that the targets were mostly civilian on Monday.

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About 90 minutes after the first explosions rocked the capital, emergency workers and military personnel lined up around a bombed-out intersection in the center of Kyiv. The site is located next to a large university complex and Taras Shevchenko Park, which is popular with families. One of the missiles landed in the garden playground.

The hulls of several burnt cars remained, and at least one bag of corpses appeared on the sidewalk. Glass from shattered building windows scattered on the sidewalk.

Another missile hit a glass pedestrian bridge in downtown Kyiv that was a popular site for tourists.

Kyiv came to life in the months following Russia’s failure to seize the capital and overthrow the government. People routinely ignored the sirens while sitting in outdoor cafes and walking around the city.

All the foreign diplomats, who had left the city in the early days of the war, had returned, and many were posting reports of the strikes on Monday while urging their teams to seek safety.

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In the western city of Lviv, which is a refuge for thousands of displaced Ukrainians because it is far from the front line, the missiles hit a power plant and caused blackouts of electricity and hot water in some places, the mayor, Andrey Sadovy, said on Twitter.

“They are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth,” Zelensky said in a statement on Telegram. “Destroy our people who sleep at home in Zaporizhzhia. Kill people who go to work in Dnipro and Kiev.”

Khorshudian reports from Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.

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