A loud “boom” acts as a wake-up call in Kiev. Get dressed, check. Shoes, check. Go-bag, check it out. It is the same routine every time you are awakened by an explosion. I look out the window and see nothing, so I look on Twitter.

A Russian drone is seen during a Russian drone attack, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 17. 2022. (REUTERS / Roman Petushkov)

In the Ukrainian capital there are multiple explosions. After checking with the team, I go with our security chief to look for what we can see from the hotel.

As we survey the skyline, we hear the sounds of gunfire and air defense before another loud boom.

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The city is under attack. Ukrainian officials say 28 Iranian-made drones were fired in Kiev. All but five were shot down.

Rescuers extract a body from a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone attack, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, in Ukraine, October 17, 2022. (REUTERS / Vadim Sarakhan)

Rescuers extract a body from a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone attack, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, in Ukraine, October 17, 2022. (REUTERS / Vadim Sarakhan)

Rather than rushing to the site of the explosion, we need to assess the situation. After a few conversations, we determine that it is best to wait until the Kiev air raid alert is over and then consider reporting.

After the wait, we head to a residential building that has suffered a direct hit. Upon arrival, the block is still filled with smoke and debris. Rescuers are digging through the rubble to look for survivors.

Firefighters help a local woman evacuate from a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone attack, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during the Russian attack on Ukraine. , in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 17.  2022. (REUTERS / Vladyslav Musiienko)

Firefighters help a local woman evacuate from a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone attack, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), during the Russian attack on Ukraine. , in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 17. 2022. (REUTERS / Vladyslav Musiienko)

The scene is all too familiar for the Ukrainian capital. The land appears to have been in late February after the war began. Piles of bricks and splinters of wood. Smoke clouds the air.

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In front of us, rescuers zip up a body bag of a Ukrainian man killed in the blast. Another innocent victim in this horrible war.

Activists protest against Iran providing drones to Russia in front of the Iranian embassy after a Russian drone strike in the morning, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the middle of the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, October 17, 2022. (REUTERS / Gleb Garanich)

Activists protest against Iran providing drones to Russia in front of the Iranian embassy after a Russian drone strike in the morning, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the middle of the Russian attack on Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine, October 17, 2022. (REUTERS / Gleb Garanich)

Nearby, a survivor of the attack said she also experienced the Russian attacks in Kiev last week. “The new normal”, as she describes it.

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“It’s terrifying,” he adds.

Thanks to my team: Andrew Fone, Michael Pohl, Dane Kenny, Bogdan Glushko and Vitaliy Henser. This coverage is a team effort.

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