At least eight people were killed in Ukraine’s capital early Monday (today) in a Russian strike on several cities, according to the country’s authorities.
At least 24 people were injured in the shelling of Shevchenkivskyi, an urban district in Kyiv, said the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that there were dead and wounded among the victims of the missile strikes, urging residents to remain in shelters.
Multiple explosions were reported in the Ukrainian cities of Zhytomyr, Khmelnytsky, Dnipro, Lviv, Ternopil, and Kyiv, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukrainian intelligence of carrying out what he said was a “terrorist attack” on the Kerch Bridge.
“Putin’s only tactic is a terror on peaceful Ukrainian cities, but he will not break Ukraine down,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter.
Local media reported that train services on the red metro line had stopped in Kyiv and that all underground stations were now working as shelters.
Kyiv remains under threat, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, adding that the main streets in the capital were now blocked by security forces while rescue efforts are underway.
Later, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry noted that a Russian missile had hit the street where security agencies and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office are located.
Zelenskyy’s chief aide, Mykhailo Podolyak, said the attacks on Ukrainian cities were evidence of the Kremlin’s “terrorist inadequacy.”
Putin is set to chair a meeting of his security council today.