Russia Launches 'Kamikaze' Drones On The Ukrainian Capital 'Kyiv'
Russia launches 'Kamikaze' drones on the Ukrainian capital 'Kyiv'. The electricity was knocked out in hundreds of towns and villages throughout the Kyiv, Dnipro, and Sumy regions, the administration reports. In total, eight people were killed, four in Kyiv and four in Sumy.
Even though Iran keeps denying that it gave drones to the Russian military, there have been calls for sanctions against the country. A week ago, Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian capital at rush hour as part of a wider assault on the country that claimed 19 lives.
According to Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, the current assault began at about 06:30 (03:30 GMT) and included 28 drones targeting the city. However, only five of these drones were successful in their attacks.
Shots rang out over the city as anti-aircraft batteries fought desperately to bring them down. One apparent interception was caught on camera and shared on social media.
In the Shevchenkivskyi neighborhood, rescuers looked through the rubble of a partly collapsed apartment building. A large number of firefighters and other emergency personnel had blocked off the roadway to investigate. A pregnant woman was among the four individuals slain in the area.
The headquarters of Ukraine's energy business, located just across the street, was also destroyed. It's likely that this institution was meant to be hit by the bomb. The assaults, according to Mayor Klitschko, are a "genocide of the Ukrainian people," with the mayor adding, "The Russians demand a Ukraine without Ukrainians."
He also said that the local government was waiting for air defense equipment to keep drone attacks from happening in the future. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said that the strikes are "terrorizing the civilian population," but that this would not stop the country's defenses.
The mayor of the city had urged residents to take cover, but pedestrians were still out in force. There were many people out and about between the two waves of strikes. A reporter for Reuters said they discovered pieces of the attacking drone labeled "For Belgorod."
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the city of Belgorod, on Russia's border, has been repeatedly bombed. Moscow has placed the blame on Kiev for these strikes. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that "hundreds of districts" were left without power after Russian airstrikes aimed at vital infrastructure in three areas (Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk in central Ukraine, and Sumy in the northeast).
Overnight, a missile reportedly damaged a power plant in the Dnipropetrovsk area, causing a massive fire to break out, according to a local official. A sunflower oil plant was reportedly attacked and burned down in the port of Mykolaiv, in the south of Ukraine.
Ukrainian national energy business Energoatom said that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor has been cut off from the country's electricity system due to renewed Russian bombardment in the area.
The Russian military occupies and uses a nuclear power plant in Ukraine that has been bombed many times by the opposing Ukrainian military. At least four individuals were murdered following an attack on a Sumy, Ukraine power plant. Late on Sunday night, three suicide drones attacked the port city of Mykolaiv, where they ignited sunflower oil tanks.
Suicide drones, also known as kamikaze drones, are tiny aerial weapon systems that are difficult to detect and may be shot from a distance. They are simple to launch and are meant to breach opposing defenses before being destroyed in flight.
These unmanned aerial vehicles hover over their target before launching an assault, having been loaded with explosives, which will go off upon collision and bring down the drone, sometimes arriving in waves, making them harder to detect on radar.
The United States said that Iran intended to ship hundreds to Russia at a cost of just $20,000 (£17,800) per unit. In addition, Ukraine has used "kamikaze drones," such as the Switchblade variant manufactured in the United States.
Ukrainian ears have become used to the drones' constant low buzzing as they slowly hover above. Mykhaylo Podolyak, an advisor to the Ukrainian president, has said that Iran is "responsible for the deaths of Ukrainians."
France and Germany's EU foreign ministers are among those advocating more penalties on Iran over the country's sale of drones to Russia. Josep Borrell, the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs, has said that the EU would look into Tehran's involvement in the crisis.
Even though there are more and more signs that Iran is using drones, a spokeswoman for Iran's foreign ministry said, "We have not given any weapons to the groups fighting in Ukraine." Russia said on Sunday that it has used long-range air and sea-based weaponry to strike Ukrainian military command centers and energy infrastructure over the past 24 hours.
Russia Hits Ukrainian Capital Kyiv With Kamikaze Drones
The Russian strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian towns on Monday were strongly denounced by the US Embassy in Kyiv, which also expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
We applaud the courage and tenacity of the Ukrainian people. The embassy said after Russia launched "further desperate and heinous assaults this morning on civilians and civilian infrastructure." The EU's top diplomat mentioned an increase in funding for military aid to Ukraine and a new training mission for its armed forces.
He tweeted, "Russia's new indiscriminate strikes will not shake our commitment to helping Ukraine, it will only strengthen it." As Russian drones pounded the Ukrainian capital on his first day on the job as UN human rights head, he urged an end to the violence.
Especially in heavily populated metropolitan areas, "it is very crucial that... citizens not be targeted," said Austria's incoming High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk. "The major call is to de-escalate," he told the press.
In the wake of the attacks on Monday, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukraine's president, has asked that Russia not be allowed to go to the G20 meeting in Indonesia next month.
In all of the war's duration, this was the first occasion that Kyiv's downtown had been attacked. Mr. Putin said earlier this week that more large-scale operations against Ukraine were unnecessary. He claimed that the majority of his objectives had been destroyed and that he had no intention of destroying the whole nation.
Rather than risk utilizing long-range precision operations, Russia has escalated its use of combat drones in Ukraine.