Russian military forces continued airstrikes against Ukraine on Tuesday, bombing the country’s energy and infrastructure facilities as part of aggressive efforts to weaken Ukraine as winter looms.

Zhytomyr, a Ukrainian city with military bases, had no functioning electricity or water after a double missile strike hit an energy facility. According to Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn, local hospitals have been forced to run on backup power.

An energy facility in Kiev was also hit by Russian drones, along with another facility in the south-central city of Dnipro.

Russia’s aggressive use of so-called “kamikaze drones” has been used to target Ukraine’s vital energy infrastructure and urban centers. Last week, according to the Ukrainian foreign ministry, more than 100 “suicide drones” crashed into power plants, wastewater treatment plants and other targets in Ukraine.

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Smoke rises after Russian bombing in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.
(Photo AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

The Shahed-136 drones, manufactured in Iran, are called “kamikaze drones” or “suicide drones” because they crash into buildings and explode.

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According to the governor of the area, suicide drones recently caused a fire at an infrastructure facility in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia.

Firefighters on site after a drone severely damaged buildings in Kiev, Ukraine on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Firefighters on site after a drone severely damaged buildings in Kiev, Ukraine on Monday, October 17, 2022.
(Photo AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

The use of the Shahed-136 drones increased thereafter The annexation of Vladimir Putin of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in September, which escalated the Russian-Ukrainian war.

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A drone was seen in the sky seconds before it fired on buildings in Kiev, Ukraine on Monday, October 17, 2022.

A drone was seen in the sky seconds before it fired on buildings in Kiev, Ukraine on Monday, October 17, 2022.
(Photo AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

Strikes in central Kiev were rare events before Putin’s widely denounced annexation of Ukrainian territories. Putin’s actions against Ukraine have been firmly disowned by Western leaders.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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