Kyiv hit by multiple blasts as Russia strikes Ukraine

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People take shelter in a metro station during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 24, 2024.Image source, Reuters

Multiple explosions have hit Kyiv and the whole of Ukraine has been placed on alert as Russia launched a wave of air strikes.

Poland says it has activated its air force to ensure the safety of Polish airspace after strikes also targeted the Ukrainian border town of Lviv.

The attacks started in the capital at 05:00 (03:00 GMT).

The Ukrainian military said its air defence systems were engaged in repelling the attack.

In a statement, the Operational Command of the Polish armed forces (RSZ) said: “Polish and allied aircraft have been activated.

“All necessary procedures to ensure the security of Polish airspace have been activated and the RSZ is monitoring the situation continuously,” it added.

Ukraine was earlier placed under nationwide alert that warned of cruise missiles being launched from Russian strategic bombers.

Residents in Kyiv have been pictured taking shelter in metro stations.

It comes after Russia fired dozens of missiles on Friday, hitting a dam and leaving a million Ukrainians without power.

Moscow has not yet commented on Sunday’s strikes.

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