“An explosion in Kyiv! Stay in the shelters,” wrote the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, on the Telegram platform.
Reuters correspondents in Kyiv heard at least one explosion.
And Ukraine announced, earlier Thursday, that its forces had shot down all the Russian missiles that targeted the capital, Kyiv, but it said that “the danger continues.”
And the Kyiv military administration said that all cruise missiles fired at the capital, Kyiv, were shot down, noting that “the threat still exists.”
Kyiv officials said Ukrainian air defenses shot down more than 15 Russian missiles, out of about 30, fired towards the capital during Moscow’s latest round of air strikes.
“The enemy launched more than 15 cruise missiles towards Kyiv. Thanks to the wonderful work of our air defenses, all targets were destroyed,” said the head of the Kyiv military administration, Serhiy Popko, on Telegram.
“However, the threat of air strikes has not ended. Stay in shelters until the air raid alert ends,” he added.
Earlier Thursday morning, Kyiv announced that Russian forces had fired more than 30 missiles at Ukrainian territory.
This came shortly after Ukraine launched an air raid alert in most parts of the country, while authorities in various regions warned of a possible missile attack.
Reuters reported that Russia launched its latest air attack on Ukraine during rush hour on Thursday morning.
A Reuters reporter heard the sound of a missile flying in the sky at a low altitude, about 30 km from the capital, Kyiv.-
Vitaly Kim, governor of the Mykolaiv region, announced via the Telegram messaging app that two Russian missiles had been detected over the area.--
“The missiles are flying inside Ukrainian territory. At least two are (heading) to the northwest through the Mykolaiv region,” he said.
Air raid alerts sounded across the country as people went about their business. In the capital, people took shelter in a subway station, some sitting on blankets and small plastic chairs.
“The first Russian missiles have been shot down,” said Andriy Yermak, director of the Ukrainian President’s Office.
Russia has targeted Ukraine’s critical infrastructure with missile and drone strikes since October, causing widespread power outages.
Electricity company DTEK said it was carrying out emergency power cuts in the capital Kyiv and the rest of the Kiev region, as well as the Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk regions due to the threat of a missile attack.
The Ukrainian military said last night that its anti-aircraft defenses had shot down all 24 Russian drones launched in an attack.
Fifteen of these drones were shot down around the capital, Kyiv, and there were no reports of any damage.
Targeting two energy facilities in Odessa
In the Odessa region in southern Ukraine, two energy facilities were damaged, in a new series of Russian strikes on the country on Thursday morning, according to local authorities.
“Two basic energy facilities in the Odessa region were damaged,” said the head of the military administration in the Odessa region, Yuri Krok, noting that there were no injuries and calling on the city’s residents to take shelter in shelters.