Kyiv was shaken by an explosion after a Russian warship sank

Ukraine and its Western allies say Moscow is re-deploying troops in the eastern Donbass region for a new offensive.

After the sinking of the Russian warship “Moscow” in a fire in the Black Sea, the sirens of air strikes are sounding again in Ukraine.

The British news agency Reuters reported that a loud explosion was heard in Kiev early on Friday (April 15).

Ukraine, meanwhile, has claimed responsibility for the sinking of the “Moscow”, saying the Soviet-era flagship was hit by a locally-made “Neptune anti-ship” missile.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the ship sank late Thursday night as it was being taken to port.

The ministry did not confirm the attack, but said more than 500 crew members aboard the missile cruiser were evacuated after the ammunition on board exploded.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it was investigating the cause of the fire.

The ship was damaged by a series of bombings in Ukrainian cities on the Black Sea about 50 days after the Russian navy launched its offensive.

Residents of Odessa and Mariupol in the surrounding Azov Sea are reportedly preparing for a new Russian invasion.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned in a video message on Friday morning that Russia’s intention to target the eastern Donbass region, including Mariupol, had been pointed out in the sinking of the warship.
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“I pay tribute to those who have stopped the advance of the endless convoy of Russian military equipment, to those who have shown that Russian ships can sink,” Zelensky said.

However, no casualties were reported immediately after the blasts in Kyiv, Kherson in the south, Kharkiv in the east and Ivano-Frankivsk in the west. Some Ukrainian media, however, reported power outages in parts of Kiev.

The sirens sounded in all parts of Ukraine shortly after midnight on Friday, and the sirens continued to sound even after the regions of Luhansk and the eastern part of Zaporizhi had calmed down, according to some of the country’s media.

However, whatever the reason for the sinking of the ship, the incident is a big shock for Russia. If Ukraine’s claim proves to be a missile strike, the strike could be one of the highest-profile naval strikes of all time in history.

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