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Four explosions heard in Ukraine’s Kyiv

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Four explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early Sunday, with AFP journalists reporting a residential complex near the center of the city had been hit, causing a fire and cloud of grey smoke.

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The blasts occurred around 6:30 am (0330 GMT), half an hour after air raid sirens sounded in the capital, which has not come under Russian bombardment for nearly three weeks.

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There was no immediate information on casualties.

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An AFP colleague living in the same residential complex heard a loud buzz preceding the explosions.

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“Several explosions in the Shevchenkivsky district,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram.

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“Ambulances and rescuers are on site. In two buildings, the rescue and evacuation of residents is underway,” he added.

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Thick smoke was seen in the affected residential area, which was cordoned off by police.

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At the end of April, a Ukrainian journalist from Radio Liberty was killed in her apartment by a Russian strike on Kyiv during a visit by UN chief Antonio Guterres.

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