Russia pressed its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital Friday. The nature of the explosions wasn’t immediately clear, but Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said they were from “horrific Russian rocket strikes.”
Air raid sirens were heard in Kyiv later Friday morning.
The blasts came amid signs that the capital and largest Ukrainian city was increasingly threatened.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the government had information that “subversive groups” were encroaching on the city, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Kyiv “could well be under siege” in what U.S. officials believe is a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to dismantle the government and install his own regime.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told U.S. lawmakers on a phone call that Russian mechanized forces that entered from Belarus were about 20 miles from Kyiv, according to a person familiar with the call.