Reports of explosions in Kiev

Videos shared on social media appear to show a series of blasts rocking the Ukrainian capital amid a Russian operation

There have been reports of multiple explosions heard in the Ukrainian capital city, Kiev. Footage has emerged on social media purporting to show Ukranian forces intercepting an aircraft over the city. RT cannot independently verify the videos.

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A short video that has been widely shared online is claimed to show an intercept by Ukranian air defenses of a “missile” attack.

Multiple explosions heard in Kyiv, suspected incoming Russian missile strikes. This video shows what appears to be the city’s anti air defense at work over the Ukrainian capital. pic.twitter.com/Fk53fl6fvM

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An adviser for the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Anton Gerashchenko claimed on Facebook that the sounds of explosions that rang out across the city were caused by the Ukrainian anti-missile defense forces shooting down a “hostile aircraft”

“According to operational information, the enemy aircraft was shot down by the Ukrainian air defense forces,” Gerashchenko wrote, adding that the downed aircraft fell near a residential building. The official did not specify the type of the aircraft Kiev reportedly brought down.

The incident took place after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the Donbass on Thursday ostensibly to defend the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics – which had formally requested Russian military assistance to combat “Ukrainian aggression.”

Ukraine, the United States, Canada, NATO, and the European Union have all accused Russia of invading the country and have introduced sanctions targeting Russian industries and government officials.

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