He explained that the falling debris hit a heating pipe, causing the explosion, but it caused much less damage and losses than if the missile had hit its target in the center of Kyiv, without clarifying whether anyone was injured or killed in the explosion.
Ukrainian officials reported a powerful explosion in the center of Kyiv, near the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told The Associated Press, Wednesday night, that the explosion was the result of a missile attack.
Officials said it was not immediately clear how much damage the blast had caused, whether there were any casualties, or the exact location of the missile.
The southern railway station, where the explosion occurred, is one of two stations that make up the main commuter rail complex that thousands have used to flee the war over the past week.
In another development, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Kherson, Igor Kulekhayev, said on Wednesday that Russian forces were in the city’s streets and made their way to the city council building.
The Ukrainian government had earlier played down reports that Kherson had fallen to the Russians, in what would make it the first major city controlled by Russian forces since the war began last week.
Kulekhayev urged the Russian soldiers not to shoot at civilians, and called on the residents not to go out to the street except during the day, and both or individually.