Kyiv rocked by four huge explosions as ‘white flash’ streaks across the sky

Kyiv rocked by four huge explosions as ‘white flash’ streaks across the sky

At least four explosions have rocked the Ukraine capital Kyiv with reports of two major blasts in the city centre followed by two further attacks close to a metro station.

Terrifying footage, that has not been verified, appears to show the enormous blasts early on Thursday with reports of a ‘white flash’ streaking across the sky.

In a video shared online a CBS reporter can be seen ducking for cover as ear-shattering explosions erupt behind him.

CBS News International Correspondent Charlie D’Agata was broadcasting live from a rooftop in Kyiv when a blast took him by surprise.

Air raid sirens have also been sounding in the city that is under siege from the Russian army with the night sky lit up by fire balls.

Four blasts rocked Kyiv in the early hours of Thursday
Two explosions in Kyiv were extremely powerful and may have been caused by missiles hitting a power line

It is possible that Russian missiles may have hit a power line, whether deliberately or not, so as to create such large explosions.

People have been fleeing the city in their thousands over the past week while others have sheltered in the underground metros.

The UN refugee agency says 1 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion, in the swiftest exodus of refugees this century.

The Russians appear to have failed with an initial plan to quickly take over Kyiv but it is also feared that a long drawn own siege will lead to many civilian casualties.

A Russian rocket was shot down with debris scattered close to Kyiv railway station, reportedly said the Ukraine Ministry for Defence.

A CBS correspondent ducks when he heard a major explosion

It is thought that the missile was aimed at a government building.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky published a video on Thursday morning, urging people to keep up the fight.

He said: “Every occupier should know they will receive a fierce rebuff from the Ukrainians.

“We are a nation that broke the enemy’s plans in a week but we stopped them.”

At the same time, in Ukraine’s second biggest city, Kharkiv, suffered heavy bombardment on Wednesday.

People shelter in the metro system in Kyiv
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STF/AFP via Getty Images)

The human toll was mounting in the city of 1.5 million people, where bombing has left its centre a wasteland of ruined buildings and debris.

“The Russian ‘liberators’ have come,” one Ukrainian volunteer lamented sarcastically, as he and three others strained to carry the dead body of a man wrapped in a bedsheet out of the ruins on a main square.

A UN resolution reprimanding Moscow was supported by 141 of the assembly’s 193 members, passed in a rare emergency session, a symbolic victory for Ukraine that increases Moscow’s international isolation.

“More is at stake even than the conflict in Ukraine itself. This is a threat to the security of Europe and the entire rules-based order,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after the vote.

An investigation into possible war crimes will immediately be opened by the International Criminal Court, following requests by 39 of the court’s member states, an unprecedented number.

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