Massive Explosion Rocks Ukraine’s Capital City Of Kyiv
Ukraine explosion
Screenshot: Anton Gerashchenko Video

A massive explosion rocked Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv during the early morning hours on Friday as numerous videos posted to social media showed a large fire ball falling onto the city.

“Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton [Gerashchenko] shared this video purportedly showing air defense systems take out a Russian aircraft over Kyiv’s Darnitsky region moments ago,” BuzzFeed News reporter Christopher Miller tweeted. “Other explosions heard and reported around the capital.”

The New York Times verified the following video:

“Videos verified by The Times showed a large explosion in the sky over the outskirts of southern Kyiv early on Friday morning,” the Times reported. “Witnesses filmed fiery debris falling over parts of the city. The videos appeared to show at least two surface-to-air missiles being fired from Kyiv before the explosion.”

However, CNN reported that “the explosion over Kyiv tonight was a Ukrainian SU-27 shot down by Russian anti-air battery in the city’s suburbs,” according to Politico reporter Paul McLeary.

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