- Written by Yaroslav Lukiev
- BBC Information
Russia carried out a brand new large drone assault in a single day on the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, native officers mentioned, killing no less than one particular person.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned a person died when the wreckage of a drone fell close to a petroleum station. A lady was injured.
Total, Russia has launched 54 kamikaze drones at Ukrainian targets, of which 52 have been shot down, the Ukrainian Air Pressure reported.
Officers mentioned that in Kiev alone, greater than 40 drones have been shot down.
This data has not been independently verified.
Russia – which launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 – has in latest weeks stepped up its assaults on Kiev, in search of to overwhelm the capital’s defences.
Earlier on Sunday, air raid alerts have been activated in 12 areas of Ukraine, from Volyn within the northwest to Dnipropetrovsk within the southeast.
In a submit on social media, Klitschko urged Kyiv residents to “keep in shelters”, warning of waves of drone assaults and a “tough” evening forward.
He mentioned that no less than two high-rise buildings in several neighborhoods of the capital caught fireplace after being hit by shrapnel from a drone.
Kiev officers additionally reported that warehouses within the southern Holoseevsky district have been on fireplace.
Emergency employees have been deployed.
The newest assault comes because the townspeople have a good time the annual Kyiv Day – a well-liked vacation in occasions of peace.
There have been additionally reviews of explosions within the metropolis of Zhitomir, west of Kiev.
The air alert was later raised within the capital and throughout the nation.
In its latest assaults, Russia has used so-called kamikaze drones in addition to an array of cruise and ballistic missiles.
The assaults come forward of a extensively anticipated Ukrainian counterattack.
And on Saturday, a senior Ukrainian safety official instructed the BBC that the nation was able to launch such an operation.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s highly effective Nationwide Safety and Protection Council, mentioned an offensive to reclaim territory from President Vladimir Putin’s occupying forces may start “tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or per week later”.
Ukraine had been planning a counterattack for months. However she wished as a lot time as doable to coach troops and obtain army tools from the Western allies.