Explosions heard in Kiev, official says enemy plane shot down

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© Reuters. Firefighters work at the site of a damaged residential building after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, February 25, 2022 in this frame shot of a still image in a video. Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies

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KYIV (Reuters) -Ukrainian forces shot down an enemy plane over Kiev in the early morning of Friday, which then crashed into a residential building and set fire to it, said Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister.

It was unclear if the plane was manned or if it could be a missile. Kiev municipal authorities said at least eight people were injured when the object crashed into an apartment building.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Kiev had been hit by a rocket attack.

“Abominable Russian missile strikes on Kiev,” he wrote on Twitter (NYSE:). “The last time our capital experienced something like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany.”

Earlier, a series of explosions were heard in Kiev, which Herashchenko said were the sounds of antiaircraft guns firing at the plane. More explosions were heard just before dawn, a Reuters witness said.

Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday and Kiev has reported dozens of casualties and hundreds of wounded.

Authorities said heavy fighting was going on Friday morning in the northeastern city of Sumy, while a border post in the southeastern Zaporizhzhya region was hit by rockets, killing and wounding border guards.

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