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HomeBreaking NewsVladimir Putin heads for Belarus as Russian ‘kamikaze’ drones strike Kyiv

Vladimir Putin heads for Belarus as Russian ‘kamikaze’ drones strike Kyiv

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Moscow launched a “kamikaze” drone attack on Monday, hitting key infrastructure in and around Kyiv, as Russian President Vladimir Putin heads for Belarus, fueling fears he will pressure his ex-Soviet ally to join a new offensive on Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Air Force said its air defences shot down 30 drones, the third Russian air attack on the Ukrainian capital in six days and the latest in a series of assaults since October that have targeted the Ukrainian power grid, causing sweeping blackouts amid sub-freezing temperatures.

Kyiv’s mayor said no one had died or been wounded in the attacks on Kyiv that rocked the capital’s Solomianskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts, according to preliminary information.

“Kamikaze” drones are cheaply produced, disposable unmanned aircraft that fly towards their target before plummeting at velocity and detonating on impact.

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Under the darkness of night, a fire raged at one site at an energy facility in the often targeted central Shevchenkivskyi district, a Reuters witness said.

“I heard an explosion. And in three or four minutes I heard another explosion,” said an old man who works at a guard at a nearby hospital.

The Solomianskyi district in the western part of Kyiv is a busy transport hub, home to a train station and one of the city’s two passenger airports.

Kyiv officials said 18 out of 23 drones were shot down over the city of 3.6 million.

“As a result of the attack on the capital, critical infrastructure facilities were damaged,” Vitali Klitschko said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Energy and heating engineers are working to quickly stabilize the situation with energy and heat supply.”

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Oleskiy Kuleba, governor of the region surrounding Kyiv, said infrastructure and private houses were damaged and that two people were wounded. He said the attack caused “fairly serious” damage and three areas in the region had

Moscow launched a “kamikaze” drone attack on Monday, hitting key infrastructure in and around Kyiv, as Russian President Vladimir Putin heads for Belarus, fueling fears he will pressure his ex-Soviet ally to join a new offensive on Ukraine. The Ukrainian Air Force said its air defences shot down 30 drones, the third Russian air attack on the Ukrainian capital in six days and the latest in a series of assaults since October that have targeted the Ukrainian power grid, causing sweeping blackouts amid sub-freezing temperatures. Oleskiy Kuleba, governor of the region surrounding Kyiv, said infrastructure and private houses were damaged and that two people were wounded.

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