At least three loud explosions were heard in central Kyiv early Monday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine, according to Agence France-Presse journalists in the city..
A spokesman for Kyiv’s emergency services, Svitlana Vodolaga, told the Associated Press that the explosions caused death and injuries. According to her, the rescuers worked in different places.
The explosions occurred around 815 hours local time. Air raid sirens sounded in the Ukrainian capital more than an hour earlier.
“Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskiy district – in the center of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on social media.
Videos posted on social media showed black smoke rising over several areas in the city.
An AFP reporter saw numerous ambulances that appeared to be heading to the site of the blasts.
The explosions came a day after Putin blamed Ukrainian secret services for a deadly explosion on a bridge linking Moscow-annexed Crimea with Russia.
The last strikes on Kyiv took place on June 26.