BREAKING UPDATE: Casualties reported after Russian missiles rock Ukraine’s capital Kyiv

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko urges residents not to panic over news of possible evacuation of the city

Image of the destruction in Kyiv, Ukraine. Credit: Telegram Vitaliy Klitschko

CASUALTIES have been reported in Kyiv, Ukraine after Russian missile strikes reportedly struck the city on Sunday, June 26.

UPDATE 8.44 am (June 26) – Multiple casualties in Kyiv, including children, have been reported following Russian airstrikes in the Ukrainian capital.

Former boxing world champion and now Kyiv mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, said via messaging platform Telegram: “Friends! Search and rescue operations are underway in a residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district where the rocket hit.

“There are people under the rubble. Some residents were evacuated, two victims were hospitalised. Rescuers continue to work, medics are on site.”

He added in a separate update: “A seven-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of a residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district. She is alive. Now her mother is being rescued.”

Another report suggested that it was a 6-year-old girl dragged from under the ruins of the upper floors of the house in which is believed to have either killed or seriously injured her father.

Following the attack on the Ukrainian capital, more video footage of Russian cruise missile strikes has emerged.

As reported earlier, explosions rocked the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv in the early hours of Sunday, June 26.

Russian forces have yet to claim responsibility for the recent attack in Ukraine.

More photos from Ukraine’s Kyiv show the extent of the damage.

ORIGINAL 7.08 am (June 26) – At around 6.20 am on Sunday, June 26, four explosions were heard in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv believed to be a result of Russian missile attacks.

Ukraine has woken up this morning (Sunday, June 26) to an attack on its capital city after video footage and reports of explosions from Russian missile strikes in Kyiv flooded social media and major news outlets.

Explosions were reported in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv and civilian casualties are expected after video footage showed several explosions and black smoke billowing from impact zones reportedly due to Putin’s missiles.

As noted there have been reports of more than a dozen Russian missiles targeting in and around Ukraine’s Kyiv with at least four impacts reported so far.

This follows news that a number of stand-off airstrikes occurred from Belarus on Saturday, June 25 when several Russian Tu-22M bombers launched multiple missiles onto targets in the north and west including near Kyiv and Lviv.

Former boxing world champion and now Kyiv mayor, Vitaliy Klitschko, said via messaging platform Telegram: “Friends! Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskyi district. Ambulance crews and rescuers are on the scene. Residents are being rescued and evacuated in two houses.”

Several war correspondents in Ukraine have suggested the attack may have been the reason Putin raced into the Kremlin late on Saturday, June 25.

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