Ukrainian President’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak on Monday stated that Russia attacked Kyiv using “kamikaze drones”.
According to foreign media reports, Chief of Staff Yermak on social media stated, “The Russians think it will help them, but it shows their desperation.”
Kamikaze drones are Iran-made drones that burst after a strike. They are also known as “loitering munition” because they can float around the aimed point for a long time (much longer than a cruise missile) before launching an attack.
The mayor of Kyiv, Vitaliy Klitschko, confirmed two explosions in the city’s central Shevchenkiv district.
“All services are on their way to the spot. Details later. The air alert continues. Stay in shelters!” Klitschko also warned the residents.
Attacks were also confirmed in Sumy province, in the state’s northeast, and Dnipropetrovsk, in the state’s southeast, where an explosion occurred after a missile struck an energy facility.
Sumy’s governor, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, confirmed a missile strike on critical infrastructure facilities shortly after 5:00am in the region’s Romensky district. “There have been victims,” he said on his Telegram.
Despite multiple reports of suicide drones being used in attacks on Ukrainian towns, Tehran denied providing Moscow with them.
The strike comes after Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, promised a few days ago that there would be “no need for more massive strikes” on Ukraine.
Earlier this month, Moscow carried out a series of widespread strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, targeting civilian populations and causing damage to power infrastructure. The strikes killed at least 19 people, injured 105 others, and sparked international outrage.