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Blasts heard in the centre of Kyiv days after a key bridge connecting Russia to Crimea was hit by a deadly explosion.

Several large explosions have been heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv a day after President Vladimir Putin blamed Ukraine for a deadly explosion on a key bridge connecting the Crimean Peninsula to mainland Russia.

“Several explosions in the Shevchenkivskyi district, in the city centre,” Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram on Monday.

“Details will follow,” he said.

The explosions took place around 0815 local time (0515 GMT), with air raid sirens sounding in the Ukrainian capital more than an hour before the blasts.

Ukrainian forces retook large areas around Kyiv in early April after Russia abandoned its push towards the capital.

The Russian president has come under increasing pressure after suffering a series of military setbacks in recent weeks. He continued reshuffling his military leadership, appointing a new general to lead the war.

Thousands of Russian soldiers retreated from the front-line area in the eastern Luhansk region in recent days, as Ukrainian forces continue to make progress towards Russian-held Kreminna.

Western weaponry has helped the Ukraine military win back more territory in the past month than Russian forces seized in five months.

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