Kyiv ‘comes under fire from more Russian missiles’ just hours after NATO chief urged Western allies to ‘ramp up’ arms support for Ukraine

  • Ukraine is reporting explosions in the Desnianskiy district of the capital Kyiv
  • Emergency services are at the scene with casualty numbers unknown 
  • It comes hours after NATO chief warned the west to ‘ramp up’ arms production 

Missiles have hit Kyiv, the city’s mayor has said, as emergency services attend the scene.

The blasts come hours after the head of NATO has warned Western allies to ‘ramp up’ arms production in the coming months to continue supporting Ukraine, as Russia  continues its bomb attacks.

The explosion is said to have taken place in Kyiv’s Desnianskiy district, in the early hours of Monday morning.

Kyiv’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app:  ‘An explosion in the Desnianskiy district of Kyiv. All services are on site. Details later.’

Missiles have hit Kyiv , the city’s mayor has said, as emergency services attend the scene. Pictured: A missile strike on a hotel building in Kyiv yesterday that killed one person and injured 20 

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Ukrainian presidential aide, said drone debris hit a road in the district, in Kyiv’s northeast, damaging a building next to it.

‘Information about (potential) casualties is being clarified,’ Tymoshenko said on Telegram.

NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg said the war between Ukraine and Russia is using an ‘enormous amount’ of munitions, with signs suggesting President Vladimir Putin is digging in for the ‘long haul’.

Mr Stolenberg said the NATO allies need to help supply the government in Kyiv with the armaments they need but also need to maintain their own stockpiles of weapons.

He told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: ‘For the artillery, we need an enormous amount of ammunition, we need spare parts, we need maintenance.

A Happy New Year message is written in Russian on what appears to be a piece of an Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drone fired on Kyiv yesterday night 

‘This is a huge undertaking. We need to ramp up production, and that is exactly what the Nato allies are doing.

‘It is a core responsibility for Nato to ensure that we have the stocks, the supplies, the weapons in place to ensure our own deterrence and defence, but also to be able to continue to provide support to Ukraine for the long haul.’

Today’s attack comes after a missile strikes took place over the New Year’s weekend in Kyiv and the eastern city of Kherson.

The intense missile and drone attacks made celebrations impossible in some areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his New Year address for Russians during his visit to the Southern Military District headquarters in Rostov on Don, Russia, 31 December 2022

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, standing beside his wife Olena Zelenska, said Ukraine would be victorious over Russia in his New Year address

In his New Years address, Putin signalled that the war, now in its 11th month, will continue.

Footage released by Russian state TV showed Putin raising a glass of champagne with soldiers, some with awards pinned to their chest, before telling viewers that ‘moral, historical rightness is on our side’.

Putin said that this year was marked by ‘truly pivotal, fateful events’ which became ‘the frontier that lays the foundation for our common future, for our true independence’.

‘Today we are fighting for this, protecting our people in our own historical territories, in the new constituent entities of the Russian Federation,’ he added, referring to four Ukrainian regions that Russia claimed to have annexed.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians would fight until they win the war.

In an emotional New Years address he said: ‘We fight and will continue to fight. For the sake of the main word: ”victory”,’ he said in a New Year address even as his country endured fresh Russian strikes.

‘I want to say to all of you: Ukrainians, you are incredible! See what we have done and what we are doing.

‘We fight as one team – the whole country, all our regions. I admire you all. I want to thank every invincible region of Ukraine. 

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