Explosions rock Kyiv, Ukraine berates Emmanuel Macron over pleas not to ‘humiliate’ Russia

Kyiv was rocked by several explosions a day after officials said troops recaptured part of the battlefield city of Sievierodonetsk in a counteroffensive against Russia.

“Several explosions in Darnytskyi and Dniprovskyi districts of the capital,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

“Services are already running there. More details — later.”

A Reuters witness saw smoke in the city after the explosions.

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

Other officials said the Russian bombardment appeared to be aimed at the rail network.

Despite continued Russian attacks on Ukraine and widespread destruction, Kyiv has been relatively calm in recent weeks after Moscow turned its military attention east and south, in particular an intense battle for Sievierodonetsk.

Russia has concentrated its forces on the factory city for one of the biggest land battles of the war, with Moscow appearing to bet its campaign on capturing one of the two eastern provinces it claims on behalf of separatist proxies.

Russian forces are focusing their attention on eastern Ukraine.(PA: Bernat Armangue)

Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of the Luhansk region that includes Sievierodonetsk, said on Sunday that Ukrainian forces controlled about half of the city after taking over much of the Russian troops.

“It had been a difficult situation, the Russians controlled 70% of the city, but in the last two days they were pushed back,” Gaidai told Ukrainian television.

“The city is now, more or less, split in two.”

The claims could not be independently verified.

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