Multiple explosions in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv when drones are shot down | Ukraine

A total of 11 Iranian-supplied drones were shot down Kyiv and the surrounding region early Wednesday in what Ukrainian authorities described as a continuation of Russia’s “energy terror” against the country.

The Kyiv city administration reported that two of its administrative buildings were damaged by falling debris from a drone. There were no casualties from the wreckage of the drone, Kyiv rescue services spokeswoman Svetlana Vodolaga told Ukrainian Suspline news.

The city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, wrote in a Telegram post that there had been explosions in the central district of the capital, Shevchenkivskiy, where many government agencies and buildings are located, and that 10 Iranian drones had been shot down. City officials said the 11th drone was shot down shortly after 8 a.m.

A few this morning in the central Shevchenko district of Kyiv. It is not clear what was hit. The sound of a drone can be heard in a video posted on Trukha Kyiv. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said emergency services were on the scene

— Isobel Koshiw (@IKoshiw) December 14, 2022

“Russia continues the energy terror of the country. But we are getting stronger every day,” wrote the head of the Kyiv region Alexy Kuleba on Telegram. Kuleba warned that the air raid alert was not over and advised residents to stay in shelters.

Vitaly Bunenchenko, head of Zhytomyr Oblast, which borders Kyiv, warned that a second wave of drones could be on its way.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential administration of Ukraine, posted a muscle emoji with the abbreviation for anti-aircraft systems, in connection with the work of the Ukrainian air defense.

The UK ambassador said he was “standing away from the windows and hearing explosions outside”.

Stay away from windows and hear explosions outside. Today is an early start for 🇷🇺 attacks against #Kiev

— Melinda Simmons (@MelSimmonsFCDO) December 14, 2022

Air raid sirens went off shortly before 6 a.m. Kyiv time, and the first explosions were reported just over 10 minutes later. Around 6:30 a.m., residents in central Kyiv posted videos showing the sound of a drone flying overhead, followed by an explosion. Residents also posted photos of columns of smoke on the capital’s skyline.

Ukraine has faced a barrage of Russian airstrikes across the country in recent weeks, mainly targeting infrastructure.

U.S. officials said Tuesday they were ready to approve the delivery of a Patriot missile battery to Ukraine, agreeing to an urgent request from leaders desperate for more robust weapons to shoot down incoming Russian missiles.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed Western leaders earlier on Monday to provide more advanced weapons to help his country in its war with Russia. The Patriot will be the most advanced surface-to-air missile system the West has provided to Ukraine.

U.S. officials say Moscow sought Iran to supply the Russian military with drones and surface-to-surface missiles.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this story

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