KYIV, Ukraine – Russian kamikaze drones hit central Kyiv on Monday morning, apparently targeting a power plant in the city center – continuing a trend of attacks on critical infrastructure by Russia. Ukraine.
After months of Kyiv without any strikes in the region, this is the second week in a row the capital has been rocked by explosions. Last Monday, the rocket landed near a downtown park, at a children’s playground and at an office building near a heat station.
Exactly a week later, the first explosions started at 6:45 a.m. People could hear the loud humming sound of the Iranian-made Shahed drone – which the Ukrainians built one “flying motorcycle” – which Russia is using. The second wave came about 90 minutes later.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the central Shevchenkivskyi district – the same site of last week’s major attack – had been hit, sharing a photo of a fragment of the drone on Telegram.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, said the drones were targeting energy infrastructure and they were Iranian kamikazes. Pentagon officials have publicly confirmed Iran’s use of drones in Russian airstrikes, as well as Ukraine’s success in shooting down several drones.
Washington Post reporters heard a small arms explosion attempting to bring down the drone before an explosion ensued. Then another drone can be seen swooping down on the target. Again, they occur near the same heat station. It is not clear if there were any casualties, but emergency workers were stationed near the area, and the nearby central train station also generates a lot of pedestrian traffic in the area.
Monday marked the first time that kamikaze drones were able to reach central Kyiv. Since last week’s attack, Ukrainian officials have asked their Western partners for additional air defense systems.