Multiple blasts were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Saturday as air raid sirens rang out across Ukraine. Read our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1)
1:10pm: Multiple explosions heard in Kyiv, mayor confirms
At least 10 explosions were heard in the city, according to AFP journalists, with local authorities announcing an air raid alert and urging residents to go to shelters.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that explosions could be heard in the city in a post on the Telegram app.
The governor of the surrounding Kyiv region warned shortly beforehand of a possible incoming missile attack, and that air defences in the region were engaging targets.
1:09pm: Air raid sirens ring out across Ukraine
Air raid sirens rang out in every Ukrainian region on Saturday, as local officials warned of the danger of missile strikes and urged citizens to take cover.
1:05pm: Kyiv authorities asking residents to try to stay home on New Year’s Eve
Kyiv is still under an 11pm to 5am curfew ahead on New Year’s Eve, and city authorities are asking residents to try to stay home tonight. FRANCE 24’s Luke Shrago reports.
10:01pm, December 30: Ukraine calls for more air defence weaponry as Russia steps up drone and missile attacks
Two days of attempted Russian missile and drone attacks have been largely rebuffed by Ukraine’s air defence system. Even so, “[Ukrainian] authorities have been multiplying their calls for such systems from the West, as Russia on Friday claimed their supply of caliber cruise missiles would never run out”, said FRANCE 24’s Luke Shrago, reporting from Kyiv.
NATO has urged member states to provide more weaponry as “the fastest route to peace”.
(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AFP and AP)