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Large explosions heard in Kiev, capital of Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, was woken by explosions in the early hours of Friday morning local time, CNN reported.

“Strikes on Kiev with cruise or ballistic missiles have continued,” Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, told CNN on Thursday.

The outlet also reported two explosions in Kyiv and one explosion in the distance.

Social media users posted videos showing the sky lit up with projectiles.

A user showed that what appeared to be an apartment building had been set on fire.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday he was the number one target, but said: “I stay in the capital, I stay with my people.”

“They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state,” Zelensky added. “We also have information that enemy sabotage groups have entered Kyiv. That’s why I ask a lot of Kyivians: be careful, respect the curfew rules.”

On Thursday, some Ukrainians took the subway – which acts as a bomb shelter – to protect themselves from attacks.

It is a story of rupture. Check back for updates.


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