Ukraine war: Explosions in central Kyiv amid air raid warning

Ukrainian officials say they shot down over a dozen drones during a Russian attack on the capital city of Kyiv early on Wednesday morning.

BBC reporters heard loud blasts shortly after the air raid siren sounded.

Explosions rocked the central Shevchenkivskyi district as air defences shot down what were said to be Iranian-made Shahed drones.

Russia has repeatedly targeted Ukrainian energy infrastructure since October with missiles and drones.

But the national energy grid manager Ukrenergo said that Wednesday’s strikes did not damage any energy facilities and hailed the “brilliant work of the air defence forces” in a post to its Telegram account.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces had shot down 13 Shahed drones, which he said amounted to all those launched by Russia on Wednesday.

Kyiv city’s military administration said a drone fragment had hit an administrative building in the city centre and four residential buildings. But a spokesperson for the city emergency…

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