Russia has stepped up its bombing of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, smashing flats and a metro station.
With the number of people displaced from the country by the war, which eclipsed 3 million, large explosions thundered over Kyiv before dawn on Tuesday (European time) from what the Ukrainian authorities said were artillery attacks. Russia’s attacks on the capital appear to be more systematic than before and closer to the city center.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said barricades hit four-story buildings in the city, killing dozens of people. The shelling ignited a huge fire in a 15-story apartment building and spurred a hectic rescue effort.
The attacks, carried out on the 20th day of Russia’s invasion, targeted a western district of Kiev. Russian forces are believed to be about 15 kilometers from the city center.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has announced a 35-hour curfew that extends through Thursday morning (Ukrainian time).