The Ukrainian presidency said on Monday there were strikes in “many” cities in Ukraine, a day after Moscow blamed Kiev for an explosion on a bridge connecting Crimea to Russia.
“Ukraine is under attack by missiles. There is information about strikes in many cities of our country,” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president’s office, said on social media, calling on the population to “stay in shelters”. Kiev says Russia fired 75 rockets at Ukraine on Monday morning.
The explosions hit Kiev around 8.15 am local time (0515 GMT), and an AFP journalist in the city saw numerous ambulances heading towards the blast site. Kiev heard at least five explosions on Monday morning.
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, an ally of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, claimed today that Ukraine was preparing an attack on his country’s territory, AFP news agency reported.
“I have already said that today Ukraine is not only discussing strikes on the territory of Belarus, but planning it,” state news agency Belta Lukashenko was quoted as saying.
Moldova said on Monday that Russian cruise missiles targeting Ukraine had crossed its skies, and called on the Moscow envoy to seek clarification.
“Three cruise missiles launched this morning at Ukraine from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace,” Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said on Twitter.
Three cruise missiles launched this morning at Ukraine from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace.
I have instructed the Russian ambassador to explain.
— Nicu Popescu (@nicupopescu) October 10, 2022
Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia timed its attacks on Ukraine on Monday to inflict the greatest possible losses on people and also attacked the country’s energy infrastructure.
“They want panic and chaos, they want to destroy our energy system,” President Zelensky said.
As explosions hit the Ukrainian capital Kiev today, videos documenting the massive destruction in the city started making the rounds on social media.
“They are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the earth…destroy our people who sleep at home in (the city) Zaporizhzhya. Kill people who go to work in Dnipro and Kiev,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today. Read here.