Explosions heard in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv

Explosions in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, have been heard in the early hours of Wednesday.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said that blasts hit the city’s central Shevchenkivskyi district early on Wednesday. “Emergency services dispatched,” Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app. “Details later.”

Oleksiy Kuleba, the governor of the Kyiv region, said that air defence systems were at work.

The UK’s ambassador said she was “Staying away from windows and hearing explosions outside.”

Staying away from windows and hearing explosions outside. It’s an early start today for 🇷🇺 attacks on #Kyiv

— Melinda Simmons (@MelSimmonsFCDO) December 14, 2022

Emergency services’ maps showed the capital and the region surrounding it had been under air raid siren alerts for about 20 minutes before the blasts.

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