Russia unleashes ‘largest’ drone attack on Ukrainian capital ahead of Kyiv Day

The solar rises behind the homes of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on February 24, 2023, the primary anniversary of the Russian warfare of aggression on Ukraine.

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Russia unleashed a number of waves of air strikes on Kyiv in a single day in what officers mentioned gave the impression to be the most important drone assault on town because the begin of the warfare, because the Ukrainian capital ready to have a good time the anniversary of its founding on Sunday.

In what additionally gave the impression to be the primary lethal assault on Kyiv in Might and the 14th assault because the begin of the month, officers mentioned air protection methods downed at the very least 40 drones shifting in the direction of Kyiv with falling particles killing one individual.

The pre-dawn assaults got here on the final Sunday of Might when the capital celebrates Kyiv Day, the anniversary of its official founding 1,541 years in the past. The day is usually marked by avenue gala’s, dwell live shows and particular museum exhibitions – plans for which have been made this yr too, however on a smaller scale.

“The historical past of Ukraine is a long-standing irritant for the insecure Russians,” Andriy Yermak, the top of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s workplace, mentioned on his Telegram channel.

Preliminary info indicated the air raid was the most important drone assault on Kyiv because the begin of Russia’s invasion in February 2022, Serhiy Popko, the top of Kyiv’s army administration mentioned. Russia used the Iranian-made Shahed drones within the assault, he added.

Reuters was not capable of independently confirm that info.

“At present, the enemy determined to ‘congratulate’ the folks of Kyiv on Kyiv Day with the assistance of their lethal UAVs (unmanned aerial autos),” Popko mentioned on the Telegram messaging app.

“The assault was carried out in a number of waves, and the air alert lasted greater than 5 hours.”

Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned the sufferer was a 41-year-old. The army administration mentioned at the very least two folks had been injured.

A number of districts of Kyiv, by far the most important Ukrainian metropolis with a inhabitants of round 3 million, suffered within the in a single day assaults, officers mentioned, together with the historic Pecherskyi neighborhood.

Reuters witnesses mentioned that throughout the air raid alerts that began quickly after midnight, many individuals stood on their balconies, some screaming offensives directed at Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and “Glory to air defence” slogans.

With a Ukrainian counteroffensive looming 15 months into the warfare, Moscow has intensified missile and drone strikes after a lull of practically two months, focusing on army services and provides. Waves of assaults now come a number of instances per week.

Within the leafy Holosiivskyi district within the southwestern a part of Kyiv, falling particles set a three-storey warehouse on fireplace, destroying about 1,000 sq. meters (10,800 sq. ft) of constructing buildings, Mayor Klitschko mentioned.

A fireplace broke out after falling drone particles hit a seven-story non-residential constructing within the Solomyanskyi district west of town. The district is a busy rail and air transport hub.

Within the Pecherskyi district, a fireplace broke out on the roof of a nine-story constructing as a result of falling drone particles, and within the Darnytskyi district a store was broken, Kyiv’s army administration officers mentioned on Telegram.

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