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Ukraine War - Explosions In Central Kyiv Amid Air Raid Warning

Other explosions in central Kyiv amid air raid warning. During a Russian attack on Kyiv early Wednesday morning, Ukrainian officials say they shot down more than a dozen drones.

Suleman Shah
Dec 15, 2022130 Shares1834 Views
Other explosions in central Kyiv amid air raid warning. During a Russian attack on Kyiv early Wednesday morning, Ukrainian officials say they shot down more than a dozen drones.
After the air raid siren went off, BBC reporters heard loud blasts.

Explosions in central Kyiv amid air raid warning • FRANCE 24 English

Air defenses shot down what were thought to be Shahed drones made in Iran. This caused explosions in the central Shevchenkivskyi district.
Since October, Russia has used missiles and drones to repeatedly attack energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
And the governor of Kyiv, Oleksiy Kuleba, said that Russia's drone attacks are "continuing its energy terror against our country."
But Ukrenergo, which runs the national energy grid, said in a post on its Telegram account that Wednesday's attacks did not damage any energy facilities and praised the "brilliant work of the air defense forces.'
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainian forces had shot down 13 Shahed drones, which he said was the same number that Russia launched on Wednesday.
Governor Kuleba said that a piece of a drone had hit a government office and four homes in the city. But a representative for the city's emergency services told Ukrainian media that the strike had not caused any injuries.

Kyiv Resident Statements

Affected citizens of Kyiv seated on a public escalator
Affected citizens of Kyiv seated on a public escalator
Svetlana, a person who saw the first strike, told the BBC that it happened at 06:30 (04:30 GMT) local time. She said of the noise:
The rumble was like from a moped, such as the sound it made. It fell behind the houses and then there was a strong roar, an explosion.- Svetlana
She also said: "Winter is coming, how can people survive? Lord, what do they want from us? They do not let Ukrainians live."
Anton, a second Kyiv resident, told the BBC that shattered glass from the explosions had come close to hitting his sleeping children. He said:
Let this Putin die. I didn't do anything to him, but he does this to me.- Anton
Martin Griffiths, who is in charge of UN humanitarian work, was in Kyiv at the time of the attacks. He had just been to the southern cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson. He told the BBC they were a reminder of how Ukraine was "still suffering from the war right across the country, not just on the front lines".
As Mr. Griffiths said, "electricity is the gateway to life," so it was very important to get generators to Ukraine to help them get their power back on. "If you don't have electricity, you don't get warm, you don't get hospital treatment, you don't get to go to school, you don't get to have transport."
Ukraine said that Iran gave Russia the "kamikaze" drones that were used in deadly attacks on October 17. Iran at first denied this.
Iran later said that "many months" before the war, a small number of drones were sent to Moscow.
In response, Ukraine's President Zelensky said this was a lie and that many more Iranian drones were being used.
In the past few months, Russia has been going after Ukraine's energy grid in what Ukraine says is an attempt to make its people feel bad. Temperatures have dropped below freezing in most of Ukraine, but Martin Griffiths said there was no sign of a big new wave of Ukrainians leaving their homes or country.
Global leaders have called the attacks on civilian infrastructure a war crime, but last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the attacks and said they were in response to an explosion on a Russian bridge to Crimea on October 8.
The strikes come amid reports that the US is preparing to arm Ukraine with its state-of-the-art Patriot air defense system. Senior defense officials told the newsagency Reuters that the decision could be made as soon as Thursday.
The system is among the most advanced in the world and is usually in short supply. Due to its long-range capability, it could potentially shoot down Russian missiles and drones before they come within the range of Ukrainian cities.
But unlike Ukraine's existing air defense systems, Patriot systems require large crews to operate them, and it could take several months to train Kyiv's forces to use them effectively.
Any attempt to give Ukraine Patriot defenses would most likely be seen as a step up by Russia. Last month, Dmitry Medvedev, who used to be president but is now a vice chair of the national security council, told them not to do it.
Meanwhile, Ukraine says it has secured the release of 64 troops who were captured by Russia during fighting in the eastern Donbas region earlier this year.
Andriy Yermak, the head of President Zelensky's office, also said that US citizen Suedi Murekezi had been set free.
In July, Russian troops were in the southern city of Kherson, where Mr. Murekezi had lived for more than two years, and they arrested him.
He was freed from Russian custody in October, but Moscow's officials stopped him from leaving Donetsk province because he didn't have any papers to prove who he was.
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