Five fresh blasts rocked Kyiv's Shevchenkivskyi district on at 6:45am on Monday, The Kyiv Independent reported. Further details are awaited.
⚡️Explosions heard in Kyiv.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2022
At least four explosions were heard in Kyiv early in the morning on Oct. 17.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that there had been an explosion in the city’s Shevchenkivskyi district. Klitschko said further details will be provided later.
⚡️ One more explosion reported in Kyiv.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2022
Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko confirmed one more explosion in the city’s Shevchenkivskyi district.
According to Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office, Kyiv was attacked with kamikaze drones.
Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko revealed that as a result of the attack, a blaze erupted in a non-residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district. Several residential buildings were damaged, the Mayor added.
⚡️Russia attacks Kyiv with kamikaze drones on Oct. 17.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2022
As a result of the attack, a fire broke out in a non-residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district, Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko reported on Telegram. Several residential buildings were damaged, Klitschko added.
Ukraine demands more anti-missile systems
Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister, Emine Dzheppar, shared a picture of the debris from one of the kamikaze drones used in attacks in Kyiv, and called on Ukrainian allies to support the nation with more anti aircraft and anti missile systems to "protect the sky and lives."
The debris of one of kamikaze drones which attacked #Kyiv this morning. #russia has launched a number of Iranian made Shahed drones on our capital & other Ukrainian cities. Ukraine needs more anti aircraft and anti missile systems to protect the sky&lives #RussiaIsATerroristState pic.twitter.com/9xCUPWFr0L— Emine Dzheppar (@EmineDzheppar) October 17, 2022
In a spate of offensives, Russian military also reportedly targeted critical infrastructure installations in Romenskyi District after 5 a.m. on Oct. 17, Sumy Oblast Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi told The Kyiv Independent.
⚡️ Governor: Russian forces attack Sumy Oblast, casualties reported.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2022
Sumy Oblast Governor Dmytro Zhyvytskyi reported that Russian forces struck critical infrastructure facilities in Romenskyi District after 5 a.m. on Oct. 17.
Ukraine's military said last week week that its current air defenses have shot down dozens of incoming Russian missiles and Shahed-136 drones, the so-called kamikaze drones that have played an increasingly deadly role in the war. Early morning attacks on Ukraine's southern front have become a daily occurrence as Kyiv's forces push a counteroffensive aimed at recapturing territory occupied by Russia.
The aerial warriors also commonly known as the 'loitering munitions', possess a very long list of cutting-edge technological advantages which are primarily responsible for its 'deadly' reputation. The drones explode on impact after entering the targeted troop, armour or building.
From being able to hover in air for hours and circle over the pin-pointed targets as an embodiment of its tactical precision, to the using real-time GPS coordinates and video for low collateral effects alongside precise targeting, the weapon has got a lot to offer.
AeroVironment, the manufacturer, says that the Switchblade 300 cruises at around 100 km/h while carrying cameras, guidance systems and explosives to dive-bomb into its target. It can fly for up to 15 minutes and 10 km before striking.
Monday's explosions in Kyiv come just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin alleged that Moscow's military base was targeted by a terrorist attack that killed 11 of its soldiers and wounded 15 others.