Over 900 Bodies Found Around Kyiv as Explosions Again Hit Ukraine Capital

Explosions have been reported in the outskirts of Kyiv a day after Ukrainian authorities reported the discovery of the bodies of hundreds of civilians in the region surrounding the capital.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said his city had come "under fire" on Saturday morning in the Darnitskiy district on the outskirts of the city.

"Please do not ignore the air alarms," Klitschko wrote on his Telegram messaging app as he appealed to those who had left the capital not to return and instead "stay in safer places."

The Russian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel that sea-launched Kalibr cruise missiles targeted the Vizar machine-building plant in the Kyiv suburb of Zhulyany.

Strike in suburbs of Kyiv
People walk past a damaged building at the Vizar company military-industrial complex, after the site was hit by overnight Russian strikes, in the town of Vyshneve, southwestern suburbs of Kyiv, on April 15, 2022. Moscow threatened renewed missile attacks on Kyiv, where authorities said the bodies of more than 900 civilians were found outside the capital FADEL SENNA/Getty Images

Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov announced Saturday morning that 16 targets had been destroyed with high-precision missiles, including equipment, warehouses and weapons storage bases.

He said that a military equipment repair shop in the southern city of Mykolaiv had also been hit.

It comes as Ukraine braces for further onslaught after Russia reportedly lost its Black Sea flagship, the Moskva. The Pentagon said Ukraine hit the cruiser with anti-ship missiles although Moscow only acknowledged that the ship had sunk after a fire on board.

It comes as Ukrainian authorities described the aftermath of a Russian retreat from around the capital.

Regional police force head Andriy Nebytov said that the bodies of more than 900 civilians had been discovered in the Kyiv region since the withdrawal of Russian forces.

"We understand that under the [Russian] occupation, people were simply executed in the streets," Nebytov said on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Nebytov said that the bodies of some people in the village of Shevchenko whom he described as "ordinary locals" had been tortured and shot even though they had been wearing white armbands to show that they were civilians.

Nebytov said that more than 350 bodies had been found under the rubble of Bucha, the Kyiv suburb which is the scene of a war crime investigation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian troops in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in the south of targeting civilians or those who served in Ukraine's military or government.

Ukraine's claims have not been independently verified and Moscow has repeatedly denied that it targets civilians. Newsweek has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

In its latest Facebook update, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces said that battles continue to be fought across eastern and southern Ukraine with the fiercest fighting in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Ukraine said that Russia was also focusing its efforts on establishing full control of the city of Mariupol in the south and attacking Kharkiv in the northeast.

Zelensky also said that up to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in the war as many as 10,000 have been injured. The United Nations said on Friday that 4,633 civilians had been killed since February 24 although this is likely to be an underestimate.

Meanwhile, Russia has formally warned the U.S. and its allies against supplying weapons to Ukraine in a diplomatic note from Moscow which said such a move could lead to "unpredictable consequences" the Washington Post reported.