Operations connected with transferring functions of the fire-fighting department to the Emergencies Ministry should be completed soon, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov reported at a meeting of the Emergencies Ministry's leadership in Moscow. He also urged for better coordination between the two services for preventing emergency situations. In general, the PM stressed Russia needs a more effective civil defense system and, in particular, a better system of communication restoration in case of emergencies and a more effective system of informing residents about emergencies.
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Eyewitnesses said that explosions could be heard in the centre of Kyiv. Smoke was seen rising above Zhuliany Airport (Kyiv International Airport)