Ukraine Takes Down Russian Drones Headed For Kyiv As Attacks Continue: Officials

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia deployed a number of drones in a single day to assault components of Ukraine and dozens had been shot down, Ukrainian officers mentioned Monday, in a collection of relentless assaults by the weekend that killed three civilians on New Yr’s Eve.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned that 40 drones “headed for Kyiv” in a single day, in keeping with air protection forces, and all of them had been destroyed.

Klitschko mentioned 22 drones had been destroyed over Kyiv, three within the outlying Kyiv area and 15 over neighboring provinces.

Vitality infrastructure amenities had been broken as the results of the assault and an explosion occurred in a single metropolis district, the mayor mentioned. It wasn’t instantly clear whether or not that was brought on by drones or different munitions. A wounded 19-year-old man was hospitalized, Klitschko added, and emergency energy outages had been underway within the capital.

Within the outlying Kyiv area a “critical infrastructure object” and residential buildings had been hit, Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba mentioned.

Native residents carry their belongings as they depart their dwelling ruined within the Saturday Russian rocket assault in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine on Sunday.

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Seven drones had been shot down over the southern Mykolaiv area, in keeping with Gov. Vitali Kim, and three extra had been shot down within the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk area, Gov. Valentyn Reznichenko mentioned.

Within the Dnipropetrovsk area, a missile was additionally destroyed, in keeping with Reznichenko. He mentioned that vitality infrastructure within the area was being focused.

Ukraine’s Air Force Command reported Monday that 39 Iranian-made exploding Shahed drones had been shot down in a single day, in addition to two Russian-made Orlan drones and a X-59 missile throughout Ukraine.

A blistering New Yr’s Eve assault killed at the very least 4 civilians throughout the nation, Ukrainian authorities reported, and wounded dozens. The fourth sufferer, a 46-year-old resident of Kyiv, died in a hospital on Monday morning, Klitschko mentioned.

A number of blasts rocked the capital and different areas of Ukraine on Saturday and thru the evening. The strikes got here 36 hours after widespread missile assaults Russia launched Thursday to break vitality infrastructure amenities, and the unusually fast follow-up alarmed Ukrainian officers.

Russia has carried out airstrikes on Ukrainian energy and water provides virtually weekly since October, rising the struggling of Ukrainians, whereas its floor forces battle to carry floor and advance.

In Russia, a Ukrainian drone hit an vitality facility within the Bryansk area that borders with Ukraine, Bryansk regional governor Alexander Bogomaz reported on Monday morning. A village was left with out energy consequently, he mentioned.

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