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Kyiv mayor reports explosion in Ukraine’s capital

Kyiv, Ukraine ( Associated Press) – The mayor of Kyiv reported multiple explosions in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday, the first in weeks, as Russia’s war against the neighboring country continues.

Vitali Klitschko said in a Telegram post that the explosions occurred in a downtown district of the city where many government buildings and agencies are located. Municipal teams were on site, he said, and more information was expected soon.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has suffered several rounds of Russian airstrikes across the country, particularly against infrastructure. Meanwhile, fighting continues on the front lines in the east and south of the country.

It was initially unclear what the targets of Wednesday’s attacks were, or whether the targets were civilian, administrative or military installations.

The United States plans to approve the sending of a battery of Patriot missiles to Ukraine, US officials said Tuesday, responding to an urgent request by the Ukrainian government desperate for stronger weapons with which to intercept Russian missiles.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky again pressed Western leaders on Monday to help his country in its war against Russia. The Patriot will be the most sophisticated surface-to-air missile the West has provided to Ukraine to help repel Russian airstrikes in the war, which began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

US officials said last week that Moscow has requested a new shipment of military drones and surface-to-surface missiles from Iran for the Russian military.

According to Ukrainian officials, anti-aircraft systems intercepted more than 60 out of 70 attacks during the latest round of attacks on 5 December. Klitschko said the Ukrainian military shot down 10 explosive drones in and around Kyiv on Wednesday.

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