On Monday, several blasts rocked Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Ternopil, and Dnipro as well as the country’s capital Kyiv after Russia accused Ukraine of planning a huge blast that destroyed a vital bridge between Russia and Crimea.
Emergency services reported that there were deaths and injuries in Kyiv, but Suspilne, the Ukrainian public broadcaster, did not provide any more information about the fatalities.
On the messaging platform Telegram, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said “Several explosions in the Shevchenskivskyi district – in the centre of the capital. Details will follow.”
One of the city center crossings was the scene of a massive carter, and Reuters witnesses reported nearby automobiles entirely destroyed, blackened, and scarred with shrapnel.
The west Ukrainian cities of Lviv, Ternopil, and Zhytomyr as well as the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro all reported explosions.
In the face of stiff opposition supported by Western weapons, Russia abandoned an early push on Kyiv.
Ever since, Moscow and its proxies have focused on the south and Donbas, an eastern territory comprised of Luhansk and its neighbor Donetsk, deploying overwhelming firepower in some of Europe’s bloodiest ground warfare since WWII.