Explosions rock Kyiv with 'infrastructure hit', mayor reveals

Explosions rock Kyiv with ‘infrastructure hit’ following overnight Russian missile attack on maternity ward that killed newborn

  • The mayor of Kyiv said air strikes hit an ‘infrastructure facility’ in the city today
  • Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, as sound of air sirens blared
  • Comes after newborn baby killed after Russian missile strike hit a maternity ward

Russia launched a series of missile strikes on Ukraine today, hitting at least one critical infrastructure target in Kyiv as explosions echoed through the Ukrainian capital. 

An air raid alert was issued across all Ukraine and Ukrainian media carried reports of air defence systems in action in several parts of the country. There were no immediate reports of casualties. 

In Kyiv, locals heard several loud explosions as air defence missiles flew overhead. 

Emergency power outages also began in Kyiv, a local energy provider said.

‘[Missiles] hit on one of the capital’s infrastructure facilities. Stay in shelters! The air alert continues,’ Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram. 

He gave no details of what infrastructure was hit. But Russian forces have increasingly targeted Ukrainian critical infrastructure in recent weeks as they faced setbacks on the battlefield following their invasion on February 24. 

It comes after a newborn baby was killed after an overnight Russian missile strike hit a maternity ward in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region.

A Russian missile struck the maternity ward of the Vilnianska Hospital near Zaporizhzhia, early Wednesday morning. Pictured: Firefighters search through the rubble of a building, Nov. 23

Overnight on Tuesday to Wednesday, ‘in the city of Vilniansk in Zaporizhzhia region, as a result of a rocket attack on the territory of the local hospital, the two-storey building of the maternity ward was destroyed,’ Ukrainian rescuers said on social media. 

They added that there was ‘a woman in labour with a newborn baby as well as a doctor’ inside the building. 

Reports initially said the baby was killed and that a new mother and a doctor were pulled from the rubble, and that they were the only people in the ward at the time.

The service specified in a follow-up post on Telegram that the rescued woman was the newborn’s mother. The region’s governor said the rockets were Russian.

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