In response to Ukraine’s announcement that it has shot down several Shahed drones built in Iran, there have been three explosions heard in the heart of Kyiv.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that 10 Shahed drones had been shot down by Ukrainian air defences and that rescue services had been sent to the Shevchenkivskyi neighbourhood in the city’s center.
Details would be provided later, he stated on his Telegram channel. Klitschko’s assertion could not be independently verified.
According to the local government, a drone strike destroyed two administrative buildings, but there is yet no word on any probable casualties or fatalities.
A Ukrainian politician named Oleksiy Goncharenko claimed on Twitter that by 6.30 a.m. local time, he had heard three explosions (04:30 GMT).
At 5:55 a.m. (03:55 GMT), the air-raid alert sounded, and locals had been advised to seek shelter until the situation had been resolved.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Ukrainian soldiers, according to Serhiy Popko, the chief of the military administration for Kyiv, shot down 13 Shahed drones built in Iran the agency also claimed that two government buildings in the city’s centre had been struck by a drone fragment. However, a representative for the city’s emergency services told Ukrainian media that there had been no reports of casualties from the strike.
Iran first denied providing Russia with the “kamikaze” drones used in the deadly assaults on October 17th, but Ukraine has since accused Iran of doing so.
Iran later acknowledged deploying a small number of drones to Moscow “several months” before the conflict.
In addition to the country’s capital Kyiv and the Kyiv region, four regions in western Ukraine, and the Dnipropetrovsk region in the country’s centre, according to Zelenskyy, other locations are also having “very difficult” power supply issues.
Sophisticated Patriot air defence system deal
According to reports on Tuesday, the US was preparing to deploy Ukraine its advanced Patriot air defence system.
Officials stated that the US was going to send one Patriot battery. Comprise to eight launchers with a capacity of four missiles apiece make up a Patriot battery installed on a truck.
It normally takes roughly 90 soldiers to manage and run the overall structure, which comprises a phased array radar, a control station, computers, and generators. The US Army claims that only three soldiers are required to launch it.
Since early October, Moscow has been attacking Ukraine’s energy infrastructure around once per week as it has been forced to withdraw from some front lines in the conflict, which has been going on for almost ten months.