(Reuters) – Russia launched several waves of drone attacks on Kiev on Sunday for the second night in a row, intensifying its attacks on the Ukrainian capital after several weeks of pause, the city’s military administration said.
“Enemy drones were launched in several groups and attacked Kiev in waves, from different directions, while constantly changing the vectors of movement along the route,” said Serhiy Popko, head of the Kiev military administration. on the Telegram messaging application.
“This is why air alerts have been announced several times in the capital.”
The Ukrainian Air Force said its air defense systems destroyed 15 of 20 Shahed kamikaze drones launched by Russia over the Kiev, Poltava and Cherkasy regions.
There were no initial reports of “critical damage” or casualties, Popko said earlier. He also said that almost 10 drones were shot down over kyiv and its outskirts.
Cherkasy Governor Ihor Taburets said on Telegram that the debris “slightly damaged” five houses, but no one was injured. The governor of the kyiv region, Ruslan Kravchenko, said that an infrastructure object was damaged in the region. There were no casualties.
Reuters was unable to independently verify this information. There was no immediate comment from Russia.
Russia began carrying out strikes against Ukraine’s energy, military and transport infrastructure in October 2022, six months after Moscow’s troops failed to take control of the capital and withdrew towards eastern and southern Ukraine.
Last winter, Russia bombarded Ukraine with hundreds of missiles and drones, leaving millions without power, heat or water during the coldest months of the year, before slowing its attacks in summer.
After a 52-day break, Moscow resumed airstrikes on kyiv this month. On Saturday, Ukrainian officials said all drones heading toward kyiv had been destroyed, but some had hit infrastructure elsewhere in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other officials have warned that Russia will resume large-scale bombing of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure during the winter months.