A giant explosion rocks Kiev, the capital and most populous city of Ukraine as Putin and Russia are currently invading Ukraine.
A photo provided by the Ukrainian President’s office appears to show an explosion in the country’s capital, Kyiv, early Thursday morning.
Residents have been hearing explosions near the capital since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his military operation in Ukraine.
Air sirens were heard sounding for several minutes in Kyiv around 7 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET), which could be heard across the city. CNN teams did not see or hear incoming fire.
The mayor of the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Thursday reassured citizens, telling them not to “panic” following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a military operation in eastern Ukraine.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Dnipro Mayor Borys Fylatov said the city has “everything in order.”
“Countrymen, please don’t panic. Soon, when the exact level of threat is clear for Dnipro — I will keep you updated. Believe me, no one could believe in such a level of cynicism, but everything is in order. Let’s keep in touch. God and Truth is behind us.” Fylatov posted.