Kyiv (Raxanreeb ) Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and other cities in the early hours of Thursday morning, officials and media outlets said, with some local authorities reporting that anti-aircraft defences were at work.
Russian air strikes have been a common feature of the war since last October; the latest blasts were reported less than 24 hours after Kyiv said 21 people died in a Russian strike on the city of Kherson. Follow ’s live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
3:30am: Zelensky arrives in Netherlands. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to make an official visit to the Netherlands on Thursday, where he will deliver a speech and will have meetings with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and members of parliament, the Dutch government said. The Dutch foreign ministry said Zelensky was expected to deliver a speech entitled “No Peace Without Justice for Ukraine.”
Citing security concerns, government spokespeople declined to provide further details on Zelensky’s visit, which would be his first to the country. The Ukrainian leader has visited several foreign capitals including London, Paris and Washington, DC since Russia’s 2022 invasion. Dutch news agency ANP reported that Zelensky arrived in the Netherlands by airplane late on Wednesday after a visit to Finland.