Monday’s explosions rocked cities across Ukraine, including missile attacks on the capital Kyiv for the first time in months. hours later Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Saturday’s explosion on a giant bridge linking Russia to the annexed territory of Crimea an “act of terror” masterminded by Ukrainian special services.
According to preliminary information, Rostyslav Smirnov, an adviser to the Interior Ministry of Ukraine, at least 8 people were killed and 24 injured in just one air strike in Kyiv.
The explosions came after months of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in the city’s Shevchenko district, a large downtown area that is home to the historic old town, as well as several government offices.
Lesia Vasylenko, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, posted a photo on Twitter showing at least one explosion that happened near the main building of Kyiv National University in central Kyiv.
The previous last attack on Kyiv was in June.
But unlike previous attacks that mainly hit the outskirts of Kyiv, Monday’s attack targeted several sites in the very center of the city.
Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, and in Dnipro in central Ukraine.
Recent skirmishes have focused on areas just north of Crimea, including Zaporizhzhia, where six missiles were launched Saturday night from Russian-occupied areas in the Zaporizhzhia region.
The air strikes on Kyiv and other cities come hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with his security council.