Russia has responded to the attack on the Crimean bridge over the weekend, sending multiple missiles to five Ukranian cities including the capital Kyiv on Monday morning, October 10.
Large explosions were heard in Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, and Zaporizhzhia.
Posting on his telegram account, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote;
“On the 229th day, they are trying to destroy us and wipe us off the face of the Earth. In general, destroy our people who are sleeping at home in Zaporizhzhia. Kill people who go to work in Dnipro and Kyiv.
“The air alarm does not subside throughout Ukraine. There are missiles hitting. Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded. Please do not leave shelters. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Let’s hold on and be strong.”
Videos on social media show black smoke rising from a building in the city centre following the sound of the blast, with eyewitness claiming some “missile attacks” were “struck down” by Ukrainian forces.
One of the missiles struck an apartment building, killing one and injuring six. But unlike previous attacks that mostly hit the outskirts of the capital. Monday’s strike targeted several locations in the centre of the city.
The last attack on Kyiv was in June.
The attack comes just days after an explosion on the Kerch Strait Bridge that links occupied Crimea to Russia.
The blast caused serious damage and will further squeeze supply lines for Kremlin forces fighting in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, facing rare direct criticism at home, accused Ukraine special forces of carrying out the strike.