Explosions heard in Ukraine’s Kyiv, other cities

Ukraine crisis

Explosions heard in Ukraine’s Kyiv, other cities

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 11:12 24 February 2022   Updated: 15:04 24 February 2022

Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv on February 24, 2022; Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis

Black smoke rises from a military airport in Chuguyev near Kharkiv on February 24, 2022; Photo: AFP/Aris Messinis

The sound of explosions was heard from time to time in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv amid the fear of Russian invasion in the country, reports BBC.

The BBC reported on Thursday that “five to six explosions” had been heard in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. 

Besides, the sound of an explosion was heard on a CNN program broadcast live from Kyiv.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that there have been reports of explosions in other parts of the country, in addition to areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Earlier, BBC correspondents confirmed that they had heard “loud noises” in the capital Kyiv as well as in the Kramatorsk region of the Donetsk region.

News of the explosion was also received in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, in southern Odesa, and in the oblast areas of the eastern Donetsk region.

Earlier, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced a “military operation” in the Donbas region of Ukraine on Thursday and called on soldiers there to “lay down their arms”, defying Western outrage and global appeals not to launch a war.

Putin made a surprise statement on television to declare his intentions.

He also called on the Ukraine military to lay down its arms.

His statement came after the Kremlin said “rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine had asked Moscow for military help against Kyiv”.

In response, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky made an emotional late-night appeal to Russians not to support a “major war in Europe”.

Zelensky said he had tried to call Putin but there was “no answer, only silence”, adding that Moscow now had around 200,000 soldiers near Ukraine’s borders.

Earlier the separatist leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk sent separate letters to Putin, asking him to “help them repel Ukraine’s aggression”, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The two letters were published by Russian state media and were both dated February 22.

Their appeals came after Putin recognized their independence and signed friendship treaties with them that include defence deals.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops are stationed near Ukraine’s borders, and the West had said for days that an attack was imminent.

Source: BBC