After the explosions, frightened residents stood on the sidewalks, watching a coiling plume of black smoke rise from the city center. People were scared, although the strikes “are familiar to us” now, Iryna Mykhailova, a nanny living in Vinnytsia, said by telephone.
Another witness, Raisa Ludanova, said, “I had no time to get scared because it was a sudden loud noise and a window in my room was blown off. ”
Vinnytsia, which had a prewar population of more than 370,000, lies west of the Dnipro River, hundreds of miles from the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the focus of Moscow’s military campaign in recent weeks. The area has not seen significant attacks since early March, days after Russia’s invasion, when Russian cruise missiles struck an airport in the city.