Explosions shake Kyiv after Ukraine officials warn of attack

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A local resident embraces his friend as they stand next to house and car damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 31, 2022. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

KYIV, Dec 31 (Reuters) — Ten explosions were heard in the center of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, on Saturday soon after Ukrainian officials warned of another large-scale missile attack by Moscow on Ukraine.

As air raid sirens sounded across the country, Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said one of the blasts occurred in an area of residential buildings in the capital’s Solomyanskyi district, and that there were explosions in two other parts of the city.

He did not say what had caused the explosions.

The governor of the surrounding Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, warned shortly beforehand of a possible incoming missile attack and said air defenses in the region were engaging targets.

“The terrorist country launched several waves of missiles. They are wishing us a happy New Year. But we will persevere,” Kuleba wrote on Telegram after several explosions shook the capital.

In the western city of Khmelnytskyi, two people were wounded in a drone attack, a Ukrainian presidential aide said.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Dan Peleschuk and Valentyn OgirenkoWriting by Max HunderEditing by Alison Williams and Helen Popper.

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