Explosions were reported in the outskirts of Kyiv a day after Ukrainian authorities reported the discovery of the bodies of hundreds of civilians in the region surrounding the capital.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said his city came under “fire” on Saturday morning in the Darnitskiy neighborhood on the outskirts of the city.
“Please don’t ignore the air alarms,” Klitschko wrote on his Telegram messaging app as he called on those who had left the capital not to return and to “stay in safer places.” .
The Russian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel that sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles targeted the Vizar Machine-Building Plant in the Kyiv suburb of Zhulyany.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced on Saturday morning that 16 targets had been destroyed with high-precision missiles, including equipment, warehouses and weapon storage bases.
He said a military equipment repair shop in the southern city of Mykolaiv was also hit.
It comes as Ukraine prepares for further attacks after Russia reportedly lost its Black Sea flagship, the Moscow. The Pentagon said Ukraine hit the cruiser with anti-ship missiles, although Moscow did not acknowledge the ship sank after a fire on board.
It comes as Ukrainian authorities have described the consequences of a Russian retreat around the capital.
Regional police chief Andriy Nebytov said the bodies of more than 900 civilians had been discovered in the Kyiv region since the withdrawal of Russian forces.
“We understand that under the [Russian] occupation, people were just executed in the streets,” Nebytov said on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
Nebytov said the bodies of some people in the village of Shevchenko whom he described as “ordinary residents” were tortured and shot while wearing white armbands to show they were civilians.
Nebytov said more than 350 bodies were found under the rubble of Bucha, the kyiv suburb that is the scene of a war crime investigation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian troops in the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of targeting civilians or those who have served in the Ukrainian military or government.
Ukraine’s claims have not been independently verified and Moscow has repeatedly denied it was targeting civilians. Newsweek contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
In its latest Facebook update, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said battles were continuing in eastern and southern Ukraine, with the fiercest fighting taking place in eastern parts of Ukraine. Donetsk and Luhansk.
Ukraine said Russia was also focusing its efforts on establishing full control of the city of Mariupol in the south and attacking Kharkiv in the northeast.
Zelensky also said that up to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed during the war and 10,000 were injured. The United Nations said on Friday that 4,633 civilians had been killed since February 24, although this is likely an underestimate.
Meanwhile, Russia formally warned the United States and its allies against supplying arms to Ukraine in a diplomatic note from Moscow which said such a move could lead to “unforeseeable consequences”. Washington Post reported.