'Suicide' drones terrorize kyiv and Russian troops return to Belarus
The “suicide” drones returned to terrorize kyiv for the second time in a week on Monday, while Russian troops continue to arrive in neighboring Belarus, a deployment that threatens to create a second front as happened at the beginning of the conflict in February.
“Every night and every morning the enemy terrorizes the population. Suicide drones and missiles attack all of Ukraine. The enemy can attack our cities, but he will not be able to break us," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on the Telegram network.
Enemy attacks hammered not only the Ukrainian capital, but also nine other regions from the west to the north and from the east to the south and the Black Sea coast.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had denied last Friday the need for new massive attacks against the neighboring country after the bombings a week ago in retaliation for the explosion on the Crimean bridge, which left around twenty civilians dead.
kyiv under the drones
According to the latest information, at least four people, including a six-month pregnant woman, were killed in kamikaze attacks on the Ukrainian capital, one of which hit an apartment building.
About twenty people have been rescued in the residential building reached in the central neighborhood of Shevchenkivskyi.
“Under the rubble there may still be people. There are three hospitalized, two of them are State Emergency Service workers," said the mayor, Vitaliy Klitschkó.
He assured that a total of five explosions were heard in the capital, where "most of the flying terrorists were shot down" by the anti-aircraft defense.
In a photograph of the remains of a drone published by Klitschkó, "Guerán-2" can be read, which is the Russian name for the Iranian unmanned device "Shahed-136".
After this new attack, the Ukrainian authorities urged Western countries to supply kyiv with anti-aircraft defense "as soon as possible".
Mass attack on nine regions
According to the latest part of the regional military administrations, the Russian Army has launched attacks with missiles, drones, multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery against nine regions in the last hours.
In addition to kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil and Vinnytsia in the west were also attacked today; Sumy in the north; Khmelnitsky in the center; the eastern ones of Kharkov and Dnipropetrovsk; and the southern ones of Odessa and Mykolaiv, bathed by the Black Sea.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the attack with high-precision, long-range weapons against "Ukrainian military command centers and energy infrastructure."
In Sumy, where three people also died, the Russian Army fired fifteen projectiles from self-propelled artillery systems at Myropil this morning.
Dozens of drones and cruise missiles were shot down by anti-aircraft defense, which did not prevent several "hundreds" of towns from being left without electricity on Monday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
Iran is guilty
"Iran is responsible for the murder of Ukrainians. A country that oppresses its own people is now supplying Russian monsters with weaponry for mass murder in the heart of Europe," Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said on Twitter.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called on the European Union to impose sanctions on Iran for supplying suicide drones to Russia and to provide more air defense systems.
Tehran has categorically denied that it is supplying weapons to either side in the conflict.
In addition, Podolyak assured that the sanctions are no longer sufficient, for which he demanded the expulsion of Russia from the G20, which will hold its summit in November in Indonesia, and from all international platforms in general.
While the Ukrainians and Russians are fighting in Donbas and the south of the country, Russia and Belarus are accelerating the formation of a Regional Military Grouping on the western flank in an attempt to ensure the security of the borders of the State Union.
The first Russian soldiers arrived by train on Saturday in the former Soviet republic, accused by kyiv of complicity in ceding its territory to Moscow for the invasion last February.
As reported on Monday by the Belarusian Defense Ministry, Russia will send some 170 tanks, up to 200 armored fighting vehicles and up to 100 artillery pieces and mortars to the southern border of Belarus, which borders Ukraine.
Up to 9,000 Russian soldiers will join this military group, a project that Minsk described as purely "defensive".