Series of loud explosions rock Ukraine’s capital

Series of loud explosions rock Ukraine’s capital

Kyiv (Web Desk): A series of loud explosions rocked Ukraine’s capital Kyiv early Monday morning, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a blast on the bridge to Crimea to be a terrorist attack.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the rush hour attacks appeared to have been deliberately timed to kill people.

“Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskyi district — in the centre of the capital,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said on social media.

Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in Ukraine's west, Dnipro and Kremenchuk in central Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia in the south and Kharkiv in the east.

Security camera footage posted online showed a cloud of shrapnel and flame engulfing a glass-bottomed footbridge across parkland in the city centre, one of Kyiv’s most popular tourist sites. The bridge appeared to have been empty at the time.

There was no immediate word from Moscow on what it was targetting. Russia denies deliberately targetting civilians.