Air raid sirens sounded across much of Ukraine on Saturday morning, as explosions were reported in kyiv and Lviv. Russia has warned it plans to step up attacks on the Ukrainian capital after its warship Moskva sank. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are in Paris time (GMT+2).
8:15 a.m .: Rescuers and doctors on the scene after the explosion in kyiv
Rescuers and medics were working at the site of an explosion early Saturday on the outskirts of Kyiv, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in an online post.
The blast took place in Kyiv’s Darnytskyi district, Klitschko said in a message on the Telegram messaging app. It is the southeastern district of kyiv, on the left bank of the Dnipro river.
Klitschko added that information about the injuries is being confirmed.
07:23: 2,500-3,000 Ukrainian soldiers died in the war, according to Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told CNN on Friday that between 2,500 and 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died so far in the war with Russia and another 10,000 have been injured.
6:54 am: Missile factory attacked in kyiv produced weapons that sank Russian warship, Ukraine says
Russia pounded a Ukrainian rocket factory after its Black Sea flagship sank, as President Volodymyr Zelensky said his allies could shorten the war by delivering the weapons he had requested.
The Vizar factory, near kyiv international airport, was badly damaged during the night strikes, an AFP journalist noted on Friday.
Russia said it used long-range sea-based missiles to hit the factory, which Ukraine’s state arms maker said produced Neptune cruise missiles – the projectiles kyiv and Washington claim were used to sink the warship Moskva.
“There were five shots. My employee was in the office and was knocked down by the explosion,” 47-year-old Andrei Sizov, owner of a nearby carpentry workshop, told AFP.
“They are making us pay for the destruction of the Moskva,” he said.
6:03 am: Explosions heard in Kyiv and Lviv, according to local media
Explosions were heard Saturday morning in the Ukrainian capital, kyiv, and in the western city of Lviv, local media reported.
Air raid sirens went off across much of Ukraine early Saturday.
There has been no official confirmation of the explosions.