Ukraine war: Kyiv hit by new massive Russian drone strike – Mayor

  • By Jaroslav Lukiv
  • BBC News

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Kyiv officials say several buildings were hit by drone fragments

Russia has launched a new massive drone attack on Ukraine’s capital Kiev, local officials said.

Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said one person was killed when debris from a drone fell near a gas station. A woman was injured.

He said air defense forces shot down more than 20 drones heading towards Kyiv before a “new wave of drones” hit the city.

Kyiv’s military administration later said, citing preliminary information, that more than 40 drones had been shot down.

Russia – which launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022 – has stepped up its attacks on Kyiv in recent weeks, seeking to breach the capital’s defenses.

Earlier on Sunday, air raid warnings were activated in 12 regions of Ukraine, from Volyn in the northwest to Dnipropetrovsk in the southeast.

In a post on social media, Mr Klitschko urged Kyiv residents to “stay in shelter”, warning that the night would be “difficult”.

He said at least two high-rise buildings in different districts of the capital caught fire after falling and being hit by drone fragments.

Kyiv authorities also reported that warehouses in the southern Holosiyivsky district were on fire.

Emergency personnel have been deployed.

The latest attack comes as city residents celebrate the annual Cave Day – a popular holiday in peaceful times.

There were also reports of explosions in the city of Zhytomyr, west of Kiev.

In its latest attacks, Russia has used so-called kamikaze drones and a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles.

The attacks came ahead of a Ukrainian counter-offensive.

On Saturday, one of Ukraine’s most senior security officials told the BBC that the country was ready to launch such an operation.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s powerful National Defense and Security Council, said the offensive to retake the territory from President Vladimir Putin’s occupation forces would begin “tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or a week.”

Ukraine has been planning a counterattack for months. But it wanted as much time as possible to train troops and acquire military equipment from Western allies.

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