Explosions rock kyiv, the Ukrainian capital

STORY: “Several explosions in the Darnytskyi and Dniprovskyi districts of the capital,” Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “The services are already working on site.”

Reuters witnesses saw smoke in Kyiv that continued long after the explosions.

At least one person was hospitalized but no deaths had been reported as of Sunday morning, Klitschko said.

The mayor of the historic town of Brovary, about 20 km (12 miles) from central Kyiv, urged people to stay inside their homes as there had been reports of the smell of soot coming from the smoke.

Despite continued Russian attacks on Ukraine and widespread destruction, life in Kyiv has been relatively attack-free in recent weeks after Moscow shifted its military focus east and south.

Anti-aircraft sirens regularly disrupt life in the capital, but there have been no major strikes on the city for several weeks.

The Darnytskyi district of kyiv on the left bank of the Dnipro extends from the outskirts of the city to the banks of the river, while the Dniprovskyi district in the north of the city lies along the river.

Oleksandr Goncharenko, mayor of Kramatorsk in the eastern Donetsk region, reported overnight strikes on the city, causing widespread damage but no casualties.

On Saturday, Ukrainian officials said the country’s troops recaptured part of the battlefield town of Sievierodonetsk in a counteroffensive against Russia.

Christi C. Elwood