A fresh round of explosions rocked Kyiv less than an hour into 2023, after Russia had attacked Ukraine with missiles targeting the capital
A round of explosions rocked Kyiv less than an hour into 2023
Russia had attacked Ukraine with missiles targeting the capital
The first blasts of the new year began roughly 30 minutes after midnight
There were no immediate reports of casualties
A fresh round of explosions rocked Kyiv less than an hour into 2023, after Russia had attacked Ukraine with missiles targeting the capital and other cities ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The first blasts of the new year began roughly 30 minutes after midnight, hitting two districts, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram, adding there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Earlier in the evening, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians would fight until victorious.
We fight and will continue to fight. For the sake of the main word: ‘victory’,’ he said in an address, as his country saw the old year out hours after the new wave of strikes.
Video shows aftermath of strike on residential buildings in Kyiv
I want to say to all of you: Ukrainians, you are incredible! See what we have done and what we are doing!’ Zelensky said in the emotional speech.
‘We fight as one team – the whole country, all our regions. I admire you all. I want to thank every invincible region of Ukraine,’ he continued.
As Russian regions in the Far East rang in 2023, Russian leader Vladimir Putin delivered his midnight address – usually set against the backdrop of the Kremlin – standing among servicemen and women who fought in Ukraine.
He told them that ‘historical rightness’ was on their side.
At around the same time, explosions shook the Ukrainian capital where AFP journalists heard at least 11 loud blasts in the early afternoon.
Klitschko said on social media that at least one person died as a result of the attacks on Saturday while city authorities said 22 others were injured.
One explosion tore open one corner of the four-star Hotel Alfavito in Kyiv, spilling rubble into the street, an AFP reporter saw.
Nearby sidewalks were covered in glass from blown-out windows in the area, including from Kyiv’s National Palace of Arts.
Filmmaker Yaroslav Mutenko, 23, lives in a nearby apartment complex and said he was in the shower preparing to go to a New Year’s Eve party when he heard a boom.
He said there had been similar explosions in the area during a previous attack in October, but nothing as loud as Saturday’s explosion.
As he watched rescue workers cordon off the street in front of the hotel, he told AFP he still planned to go to the party at a friend’s house.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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