Russia unleashes largest drone attack on Ukrainian capital since invasion

KYIV: Russia unleashed waves of air strikes on Kyiv in a single day in what officers mentioned gave the impression to be the biggest drone assault on town because the begin of the battle, because the Ukrainian capital ready to rejoice the anniversary of its founding on Sunday.
Ukraine’s Air Pressure mentioned it downed 52 out of the 54 Russia-launched drones, calling it a document assault with the Iranian-made ‘kamikaze’ drones. It was not instantly clear how most of the drones had been shot over Kyiv.
In what additionally seems to be the primary lethal assault on Kyiv in Might and the 14th assault this month, falling particles killed a 41-year-old man, Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned.
The pre-dawn assaults got here on the final Sunday of Might when the capital celebrates Kyiv Day, the anniversary of its official founding 1,541 years in the past. The day is usually marked by road festivals, reside live shows and particular museum exhibitions – plans for which have been made this 12 months too, however on a smaller scale.
“The historical past of Ukraine is a long-standing irritant for the insecure Russians,” Andriy Yermak, the top of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy‘s workplace, mentioned on his Telegram channel.
Air Pressure mentioned on Telegram that Russia had focused army and demanding infrastructure services within the central areas of Ukraine, and the Kyiv area particularly.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the data.
With a Ukrainian counteroffensive looming 15 months into the battle, Moscow has intensified air strikes after a lull of almost two months, concentrating on mainly army web site and provides. Waves of assaults now come a number of occasions per week.
The Sunday assaults got here after Kyiv mentioned that fight clashes eased across the besieged metropolis of Bakhmut in southeastern Ukraine, the positioning of the battle’s longest battle.
Serhiy Popko, the top of Kyiv’s army administration, mentioned the assault was carried out in a number of waves, and air alerts lasted greater than 5 hours.
“Immediately, the enemy determined to ‘congratulate’ the individuals of Kyiv on Kyiv Day with the assistance of their lethal UAVs (unmanned aerial automobiles),” Popko mentioned on the Telegram messaging channel.
A number of districts of Kyiv, by far the biggest Ukrainian metropolis with a inhabitants of round 3 million, suffered within the in a single day assaults, officers mentioned, together with the historic Pecherskyi neighbourhood.
Reuters witnesses mentioned that through the air raid alerts that began quickly after midnight, many individuals stood on their balconies, some screaming offensives directed at Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and “Glory to air defence” slogans.
Within the leafy Holosiivskyi district within the southwestern a part of Kyiv, falling particles set a three-storey warehouse on fireplace, destroying about 1,000 sq. metres (10,800 sq. ft) of constructing constructions, Mayor Klitschko mentioned.
A fireplace broke out after falling drone particles hit a seven-storey non-residential constructing within the Solomyanskyi district west of town. The district is a busy rail and air transport hub.
Within the Pecherskyi district, a hearth broke out on the roof of a nine-storey constructing attributable to falling drone particles, and within the Darnytskyi district a store was broken, Kyiv’s army administration officers mentioned on Telegram.

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