A week after the massive missile attack on several cities across Ukraine, Russia strikes once more. This time Russian military forces reportedly used Iranian "kamikaze" drones to cause chaos in the capital city of Kiyv.
Since October 10, when Russia launched over 84 missiles on Kiyv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Dnipro, and others, new attacks don't come as a surprise. On October 17, Russia continued to bomb Kiyv and some other major cities across Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky posted video proof of the bombings on his telegram channel. He claims that "the enemy can attack our cities, but it won't be able to break us," urging civilians to stay strong and safe.
Residents of Kiyv have become increasingly accustomed to fear and the sounds of sirens lately. They were, once again, advised to take shelter and stay tuned for any more news regarding the situation in the capital.
Apart from Kiyv, Odesa and Mykolaiv reportedly shot 26 drones down since last night. Overall, more than 40 drones were taken down all over the country. Approximately 28 were directly aimed at the capital city, although only five exploded. According to Kiyv's mayor, Vitali Klitschko, both residential and non-residential buildings were targeted.
Damages were reported in Kiyv, Odesa, and Mykolaiv. The latter suffered a major fire in the sunflower tanks. Several crucial energy infrastructures have been hit in northern and central areas of Ukraine. People were warned of power outages and emergency blackouts. Around 600 cities and towns all over the country were experiencing such difficulties following the attack.
BBC Kiyv reporter, Paul Adams, states that, so far, a four-story apartment building was destroyed alongside a nearby office building. Rescue works are being carried out non-stop throughout the city. Deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, says dozens of people have been rescued. Eight civilians have been confirmed dead.
In a talk with BBC News, a resident and a first-hand witness of the attack in Kiyv, Kseniia, reveals that "you can tell the difference, you can feel the difference" between the sound of drones and rockets flying by. She suggests there is no doubt that Russia is using kamikaze drones.
Kamikaze drones are said to be cheaper than missiles, although they are excellent when targeting something on the ground. Russia is assumed to be using Shahed-136 drones in Ukraine, which can circle around their target for hours before landing and exploding on impact.
Speculations around the supply of these drones to Russia are heated. Washington and Kiyv accused Iran of exporting these, thus financing the Russia-Ukrainian war. However, Iran's authorities have denied any such allegations. The Foreign Ministry claims it "has not and will not provide any weapons to be used in the war in Ukraine." The state called any such assumptions "foreign media propaganda." It reassured the world that it stands firmly against any war, be it in Ukraine, Afghanistan, or anywhere else.
Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak urges the world to react and expel Russian Federation from G20. "Time to put an end to Russian hypocrisy," he says. The officials, once again, ask world leaders to assist the country, first and foremost, by supplying air defence systems.
A "genocide of the Ukrainian people" is clearly unfolding, sending shockwaves all over Europe, while many still fear a full-scale atomic war.
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