Kyiv experienced explosions and witnessed multiple buildings engulfed in flames as Russia once again targeted Ukraine’s capital for the third consecutive night.
According to officials, the fires resulted from debris falling due to the attacks, while Ukraine’s air defenses successfully intercepted over 20 drones. Tragically, at least one person has been reported as killed.
In Moscow, the mayor of the Russian capital stated that a subsequent drone attack caused minor damage to several buildings.
Sergei Sobyanin said “all the city’s emergency services” were at the scene. He added, “So far, no one has been seriously injured.”
Moscow also faced attacks after a series of drone strikes on the Ukrainian capital.
According to initial reports from Kyiv’s military administration, over 20 kamikaze drones were successfully eliminated in the recent assault.
Sadly, one person died, and three others were injured when a fire broke out in a multi-storey building in the southern Holosiivskyi district.
“Two upper floors are destroyed, and there may be people under the rubble,” the administration said in a statement.
In the Darnytskyi district, located just across the Dnipro River, two privately owned buildings were engulfed in flames, and several cars were damaged.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko characterized the recent attack as “massive” and urged residents to stay in their shelters for their safety.
After three hours, the air raid alert was lifted, indicating that the Russian air assault had temporarily ceased.
This marked the 17th attack on the capital since the beginning of May, which included an uncommon daytime attack on Monday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed appreciation for the Patriot air defense systems provided to Ukraine by the United States. In his late Monday video address, he affirmed that these systems guaranteed the successful interception of any Russian missiles with a 100% success rate.
“Russia wants to follow the path of evil to the end, that is, to its defeat, because evil cannot have any other end but defeat. The world must see that terror is losing,” Mr Zelensky added.
Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, Gen Kyrylo Budanov, warned of a swift response to the Russian strikes. Russia’s military managed to target various locations, including an apparent air base, in different regions of Ukraine.
In the Khmelnytskyi region, it was reported that five aircraft were damaged at a military site, with repairs underway for the runway. Both Russia and Ukraine claim to have successfully hit their intended targets during the recent attacks, although these claims have not been independently verified.
Russia has been utilizing kamikaze drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles in its offensive actions, aiming to weaken Ukraine’s air defenses ahead of an anticipated counter-offensive. Ukraine has been preparing for a counter-offensive, with plans in place for months and focusing on training troops and receiving military support from Western allies.