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Russia-Ukraine war: Ukraine downs swarm of attack drones over Kyiv


KYIV: Ukrainian forces said on Wednesday they shot down an entire swarm of Iranian-made drones launched by the Russian military over the capital in their latest attack on the capital. Kiev.
The mayor said explosions rang out over a downtown neighborhood in the early hours of Wednesday, and AFP journalists saw law enforcement and emergency services officers inspecting metal shards at a The crash site was covered with snow.
“Terrorists started this morning with 13 Shaheds,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said, referring to Iranian-made weapons.
“According to preliminary information, all 13 aircraft were shot down by our Ukrainian air defense systems.”
He added that residents of the capital, which has now suffered nearly 10 months of air raid sirens and frequent air strikes since Russia invaded the country in February, should be wary of government warnings. government about upcoming attacks.
Kyiv regional officials have praised Ukraine’s electronic warfare and air defense units for shooting down the latest wave of suicide drones.
US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said after the morning attacks that Kyiv can continue to rely on Washington’s backing.
“More support is underway,” she wrote on Twitter.
‘Fighting through the winter’
mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on social media at 6:41 a.m. local time (0441 GMT) that an “explosion” had been heard in the central district of Shevchenkivsky and that emergency services were responding.
“Debris from the drone hit an administrative building and four other residential buildings were slightly damaged. No one was injured,” said Sergiy Popko, head of the regional military administration. Kyiv added.
Since a series of critical defeats on the battlefield this summer and fall, Russia has attacked critical infrastructure across Ukraine with missiles and drones, leaving millions in the water. cold and dark in winter.
Moscow last week also targeted Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, putting pressure on the country’s power grid, where operators have been forced to implement rotating power cuts for weeks.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said this week that between 40 and 50 percent of the country’s electricity grid is down because of Russian strikes.
The latest attack on Wednesday came a day later Zelenskiy made an urgent appeal to some 70 countries and international organizations at a conference in Paris to help Ukraine fend off Russian attacks this winter.
In a video message from Kyiv, on Tuesday, Zelensky said Ukraine needed about 800 million euros in short-term assistance to its struggling energy sector.
He also said that his country needed spare parts for repairs, high-capacity generators, more gas and increased electricity imports.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Ukraine’s allies to provide more weapons to help the country “fight through the winter” and maintain Kiev’s military advances.

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