After an hour of the warning, Ukrainian Armed Forces Telegram channel told residents of the capital to remain in shelters.
Ukrainian Military Reports Explosions in Kyiv and Central/Southern Ukraine
The Ukrainian military has reported explosions in the capital city of Kyiv, as well as in central and southern Ukraine, following the sounding of air raid sirens across the country. These reports came in on Thursday and were confirmed by Reuters. The Ukrainian Armed Forces Telegram channel also advised residents of the capital to seek shelter. Witnesses in Kyiv heard anti-aircraft units in action, and there were additional reports of explosions in other major cities. The nature of these explosions, whether from missile impacts or anti-aircraft activity, remains uncertain.
Warnings Issued to Multiple Regions Across Ukraine
In addition to the capital, warnings were issued to various other regions in Ukraine. These included Zhytomyr to the west of Kyiv, as well as Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, and Dnipropetrovsk in central Ukraine. Telegram channels, as reported by Reuters, also warned of possible strikes in the central region of Poltava and further south in the Mykolaiv region. The north of Kyiv and the regions to the south and west, namely Vinnystia, Khmelnytskyi, and Chernivtsi, were also given warnings.
Intense Russian Air Attack Thwarted by Ukrainian Air Defenses
This development comes after Ukrainian air defenses successfully intercepted all missiles aimed at the capital using Western-supplied systems, effectively thwarting an intense Russian air attack on Kyiv earlier on Tuesday. The attack, which targeted various locations across Ukraine, included six Russian Kinzhal aero-ballistic hypersonic missiles. This marked the highest number of Kinzhal missiles fired in a single attack since the beginning of the war, according to Ukrainian air force spokesman Yurii Ihnat, as reported by the Associated Press. However, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later stated that Russia had not launched as many Kinzhal missiles as Ukraine claimed to have shot down.
Escalating Situation Prompts Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Warnings
The sounding of air raid sirens and the subsequent warnings issued by the Ukrainian Armed Forces reflect the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia. As the situation continues to unfold, it is crucial for residents to stay informed, follow the instructions of authorities, and seek shelter as advised. Stay updated on the latest developments regarding the ongoing crisis.
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