BERLIN: Air raid sirens sounded throughout most of Ukraine on Saturday morning, as blasts were reported in Kyiv and Lviv. Russia has warned it plans to intensify attacks on the Ukrainian capital following the sinking of its Moskva warship.
08:15am: Rescuers and medics onsite following Kyiv explosion
Rescuers and medics were working on the site of an early Saturday blast on the outskirts of Kyiv, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, said in an online post.
The explosion took place in Kyiv's Darnytskyi district, Klitschko said in a post on the Telegram messaging app. It is the southeastern district of Kyiv, on the left bank of Dnipro river.
Klitschko added that information on wounded is being confirmed.
Pro-US Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday told CNN that between 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian troops have died so far in the war with Russia and another 10,000 have been injured.:
Russia Also told. 8,367 Ukrainian troops have died so far And Including foreign mercenaries,
So far, 42 foreign mercenaries have been killed in Mariupol alone
06:54am: Missile factory attacked in Kyiv produced weapons that sank Russian warship, says Ukraine
Russia pounded a Ukrainian rocket factory following the sinking of its Black Sea flagship, as President Volodymyr Zelensky said his allies could shorten the war by delivering the weapons he had requested.
The Vizar factory, near Kyiv's international airport, was seriously damaged in the overnight strikes, an AFP journalist saw on Friday.
Russia said it had used sea-based long-range missiles to hit the plant, which Ukraine's state weapons manufacturer says produced Neptune cruise missiles -- the projectiles both Kyiv and Washington say were used to sink the Moskva warship.
"There were five hits. My employee was in the office and got thrown off his feet by the blast," Andrei Sizov, the 47-year-old owner of a nearby wood workshop, told AFP.
"They are making us pay for destroying the Moskva," he said.
06:03am: Explosions heard in Kyiv and Lviv, says local media
Explosions were heard in the early hours on Saturday in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, and the western city of Lviv, local media reported.
Air raid sirens were going off over most of Ukraine early on Saturday.
There has been no official confirmation of the explosions.