Ukraine’s capital region was hit by Iranian-made kamikaze drones Thursday morning as the Russian military escalates attacks on the country.
Kiev Oblast residents woke up for the fourth consecutive day this week to air raid sirens. Rescuers were seen rushing to the strike sites on Thursday.
According to the Kiev regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba, the strikes have hit somewhere along the perimeter of the capital. The number of casualties is unknown, but Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram that “critical infrastructure facilities” in the area have been hit.
The southern city of Mykolaiv was also hit by Russians overnight, with shelling destroying a five-story apartment building in the city.
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The mayor of Mykolaiv, Oleksandr Sienkovych, said that the top two floors of the building were completely destroyed in a single strike. The death toll from that attack was also not reported.
The attacks in Kiev were a rare occurrence before the capital was hit at least four times during Monday’s destructive attacks, which killed at least 19 people and injured more than 100 across the country.
The attacks come as tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalate since Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
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Iranian Shahed-136 drones have been increasingly used by the Russian military to destabilize Ukraine. The Ukrainian military reported that it was able to shoot down dozens of Russian drones and missiles through air defenses this week.
Western leaders have pledged to send air defense systems and weapons to Ukraine as Russia’s deadly assault on the country continues. President Biden said earlier this week that Russia miscalculated “significantly” by invading Ukraine.
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“I think he thought he would be welcomed with open arms,” Biden said. “That this was the house of mother Russia and Kiev … I think he miscalculated completely. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.