Kyiv rocked by four huge explosions as ‘white flash’ illuminates night sky

At least four huge explosions have shook the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with reports of two major blasts in the city center followed by two further attacks close to a subway station.

Terrifying video online appears to show the enormous blasts in the early hours of Thursday with reports of a ‘white flash’ illuminating the night sky.

In footage shared online a CBS reporter can be seen crouching for safety as ear-shattering explosions erupt behind him.

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

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

The night sky of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv was lit up by bombs

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 meters, according to Mirror Online.

The UN refugee agency says 1million 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 out siege will lead to many civilian casualties.

Earlier, a Russian rocket was shot down with scattered debris near Kyiv railway station, reportedly said the Ukraine Ministry for Defence.

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

Four huge blasts rocked Kyiv in the early hours of Thursday
Four huge blasts rocked Kyiv in the early hours of Thursday

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.

The human toll was mounting in the city of 1.5 million people, where bombing has left its center 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.

CBS correspondent Charlie D'Agata ducks when he heard a major explosion
CBS correspondent Charlie D’Agata ducks when he heard a major explosion

“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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