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‘Kamikaze drones’ hit Kyiv as capital is rocked by blasts second time in a week

Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president's staff, said the attacks were carried out with so-called suicide drones.

Russia unleashed a lethal barrage of strikes against multiple Ukrainian cities Monday, smashing civilian targets including downtown Kyiv. (Photo: AP)

The central Shevchenkivskyi district of Ukraine’s capital was rocked by blasts early on Monday for the second time in a week, with Mayor Vitalii Klitshchko saying several residential buildings were damaged.

“Rescuers are on the site,” Klitshchko said on the Telegram messaging service, adding that as a result of what he said was a drone attack, a fire also broke out in a non-residential building.

There was no immediate information on casualties.

Shevchenkivskiy district, a busy hub with universities, student bars and restaurants, was hit by several explosions on Monday last week when Russia ordered the biggest aerial offensive against Ukrainian cities in retaliation for a blast on a bridge linking mainland Russia to Crimea.

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Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s staff, said the attacks were carried out with so-called suicide drones.

“Russians think this will help them, but such actions are just their convulsions,” Yermak said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine has reported a spate of Russian attacks with Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in recent weeks. Iran denies supplying the drones to Russia, while the Kremlin has not commented.

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Russia denies targeting civilians in what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

First published on: 17-10-2022 at 10:28 IST
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