According to Ukrainian officials quoted by the prestigious Reuters agency, the capital Kiev has in recent hours been subjected to one of the most massive attacks by Russian drones of the entire war. In particular, last night five people were injured in the explosions that occurred in the large Ukrainian city.
The attack began in the early hours of Saturday, when Russian fire started targeting different areas of Kiev. As time went on, Moscow unleashed more and more waves of attack drones, resulting in air raid sirens sounding for six hours in the capital.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky said more than 70 Iranian-designed kamikaze drones Shahed were launched against the country. What is certain is that some of them could not be shot down by the Ukrainian army's air defense systems.
The Ukrainian Air Force specifically reported that it managed to shoot down 71 Shahed drones and one incoming Russian missile.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, speaking via Telegram, said the attack on the city wounded five people, including an 11-year-old girl, while also damaging buildings in several areas across Kyiv.
Today is Ukraine's Great Famine Memorial Day
Zelensky emphasized that the Russian attack took place in the early hours of a special day, namely the commemoration of the Great Famine of Ukraine, which in 1932 and 1933 resulted in the death of millions of people.
"Deliberate terror...The Russian leadership is proud of the fact that it can kill," Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
The Ukrainian leadership had previously highlighted similarities between Ukraine's Great Famine and the ongoing Russian attack on the country.
Ukraine and 30 other countries from around the world recognize that famine as genocide against the Ukrainian people by the Soviet Union, which ruled Ukraine at the time and did not allow it to become independent.
Moscow has denied that the deaths of millions of Ukrainians were intentional, adding that at the time Russians and other ethnic groups within the Soviet Union also suffered from famine.
In any case, the aim of the recent attack on Ukraine was not clear from the start, but it seems to be part of an attempt by Russia to destroy Ukraine's energy system in the run-up to winter, in order to force Kiev to come to the negotiating table.
As a result of the Russian attack, around 200 buildings in the capital, including 77 homes, have been without power in recent hours.