Explosions rock the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after weeks of relative calm

Kyiv (Reuters) – Several explosions rocked Kyiv early on Sunday, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said, the first attack on the Ukrainian capital in weeks as life began to appear normal in the city and its suburbs.

“Several explosions in the capital’s Darnitsky and Dniprovsky regions,” Klitschko wrote in the Telegram messaging app. “The services are already running on the site.”

Reuters witnesses saw smoke in Kyiv that persisted long after the bombings.

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Klitschko said at least one person was taken to hospital but no deaths were reported as of early Sunday.

The mayor of the historic town of Brovary, 20 km (20 km) from central Kyiv, urged people to stay indoors as there were reports of soot smelling of smoke.

Despite constant Russian attacks on Ukraine and widespread destruction, life in Kyiv has been relatively free of attacks in recent weeks, after Moscow has shifted its military focus to the east and south.

Sirens regularly disrupt life in the capital, but there have been no major blows to the city for several weeks.

The Darnytskyi district of Kyiv extends on the left bank of the Dnipro River from the outskirts of the city to the river shores, while the Dniprovskyi district is located in the north of the city along the river.

Oleksandr Goncharenko, mayor of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region in the east, reported night strikes on the city, which resulted in extensive damage but no casualties.

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On Saturday, Ukrainian officials said that Ukrainian forces had retaken an area of ​​the city of Severodonetsk in a counterattack against Russia. Read more

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Writing by Lydia Kelly; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and William Mallard

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