Recall that Russian President Vladimir Putin had accused Ukraine of being behind the Kerch bridge explosion, masterminding an “act of terrorism” that destroyed part of the crucial link between Russia and the annexed territory of Crimea.
The bridge, which holds important strategic and symbolic value to Russia, was partly damaged on Saturday by what Moscow has said was a truck bomb.
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In what seems to be a retaliation, Russia has launched multiple missile strikes across cities in Ukraine during rush hour on Monday morning, killing civilians and destroying infrastructure.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Massive explosions shook the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other cities after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of a terrorist attack on a bridge linking Russia and Crimea https://t.co/hmowdfs1am pic.twitter.com/hxfkA3vKve
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 10, 2022
According to reports, the intensity of attacks is on a much higher scale than Russia’s earlier push into the country at the on set of the invasion.
Explosions were also reported in Lviv, Ternopil and Zhytomyr in Ukraine’s west, Dnipro and Kremenchuk in central Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia in the south and Kharkiv in the east.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the rush hour attacks appeared to have been deliberately timed to kill people. He has since called for an emergency meeting with G7 leaders to deliberate on the way forward.
See photos of the blast below