According to local officials, Russian missiles and airstrikes caused damage in the north and south of the Ukrainian capital in the early hours of Saturday.
In Chernihiv, about 100 kilometers north of Kiev, the Ukraine hotel – a landmark in the city – was hit overnight.
“I am here now. There is no hotel anymore,” Vyacheslav Chaus, chief of the Chernihiv regional administration, said on Saturday.
The enemy continues to launch air and missile strikes on the city of Chernihiv. Civilians die, many people are injured. The enemy is shelling civilian infrastructure where there is no army,” he said.
Chernihiv has been surrounded by Russian troops for more than a week and videos from the city show widespread damage from missiles and airstrikes.
Chaus added that the city has “no electricity, almost no water, gas and heat” and while attempts to restore electricity on Friday were successful, “the enemy hit a power grid again.”
Social media videos from Vasylkiv, south of Kiev, show a fuel depot on fire after a strike early Saturday morning, and the military airport there appears to be badly damaged.
Nataliia Balasynovych, the city’s mayor, said on Facebook: “Today at about 7 am, enemy forces shelled the town of Vasylkiv. Eight rockets hit the airport, shelled the airport. As a result of the rocket attacks, the airport was completely destroyed , the runway was destroyed.”
She added that an “ammunition depot exploded. Ammunition is still exploding because one of the missiles hit the ammunition depot. The fuel and lubricant warehouse was also destroyed. As a result, our airport’s capacity has been completely eliminated.”
The Russian Defense Ministry had previously said a high-precision long-range weapon had hit the military airfield in Vasylkiv.