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Explosions hit Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in apparent missile strikes

Source: Meduza

On the morning of October 10, multiple explosions rocked Kyiv, Dnipro, and other Ukrainian cities. Local Telegram channels reported that at least five blasts were heard in Ukraine’s capital city and that air defense forces were activated.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko confirmed the news, reporting that the city’s Shevchenkivskyi district was hit by Russian strikes. According to preliminary reports, one of the missiles landed near a monument to Ukrainian historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky, setting a passing car on fire. Ukraine’s State Emergency Service has reported that the attack brought multiple casualties and injuries.

The red line of the Kyiv Metro is closed to traffic, and all of the city’s metro stations are being used as bomb shelters.

Ukrainian outlet Suspilne reported that explosions were heard in Dnipro on Monday morning. An air alert has been declared in the city and in the surrounding region.

Ukrainian media has also reported explosions in Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Lviv, Kremenchuk, Kryvyi Rih, and Kharkiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video on Telegram showing explosions in Kyiv, writing that an air alert would remain in effect throughout the entire country. Ukrainian Interior Ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko reported that five people have died and 12 have been injured by the shelling in Kyiv.

The last time Kyiv came under missile fire was in late June. In that attack, Russian forces fired 12 missiles into the city, killing one person and injuring six.

After the October 8 explosion on the Russian-built bridge linking Russia to Crimea, General Sergey Surovikin was reported to have been appointed as the new commander of Russia’s forces in Ukraine. Sources close to the Kremlin and the Russian government told Meduza that Surovikin supports the idea of launching wide-scale missile strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure, including civilian infrastructure.

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