Russian missiles have caused huge explosions across Ukraine, including in the capital Kyiv, with officials reporting at least five people have died and several more are wounded in the western region of Lviv.

The Kremlin launched a barrage of strikes across the country early on Thursday morning, including Kharkiv in the north, Odesa in the south and Zhytomyr in the west.

The capital city of Kyiv has seen “emergency power outages”, leaving 40 per cent of people “currently without heating”, the city’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram after explosions were reported in the south-western area of the city.

Strikes targeted energy infrastructure facilities, causing the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to lose power, according to the Ukraine nuclear authority.

The Governor of the western Lviv region, Maksym Kozytskyi, said four people were killed there after a missile hit a residential area in the Zolochivskyi district.

He gave the update on Telegram, writing: “At this moment, it is known about four dead. These are four adults. Two men and two women. They were at home when the rocket fell. The debris is still being sorted out. There may be other people under them.” 

A fifth person was killed and two others wounded in multiple strikes in the Dnipro region that targeted its energy infrastructure and industrial facilities, its Governor Serhii Lysak said.

This story is being updated.

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