War in Ukraine: Kyiv region “hit by Iranian-made suicide drones”

The Ukrainian capital region was struck by Iranian-made suicide drones early Thursday morning, sending rescuers rushing to the scene as residents woke to the sound of air raid sirens for the fourth consecutive morning after the attack mass of Russia, murderous aggression across the country In Monday.

Kyiv Regional Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the strike occurred in the vicinity of the capital. It was not yet clear whether there had been any casualties.

Deputy head of the presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Telegram that “critical infrastructure” in the region had been affected, without giving details on which.

In the southern city of Mykolaiv, nighttime shelling destroyed a five-storey building as fighting continued along Ukraine’s southern front.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkovych said the top two floors of the building were completely destroyed in one fell swoop and the rest of the building lay in ruins. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

Morning attacks on Ukraine’s southern front have become a daily occurrence as Kyiv forces push a counter-offensive aimed at retaking Russian-occupied territory.

Attacks on Kyiv had become rare before the capital was hit at least four times in massive strikes on Monday, which killed at least 19 people and injured more than 100 across the country.

Western leaders this week promised to send more weapons to Ukraine, including air defense systems and weapons that Kyiv has declared essential to defeat the invading Russian forces.

Ukraine’s military said this week that its current air defenses had been shot down dozens of arrivals Russian missiles and Shahed-136 drones, the so-called kamikaze drones that have played an increasingly deadly role in the war.

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