Russia attacks Ukraine with Iranian-made drones: live updates

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Kyiv, Ukraine – Drones hovered over the city noisy and slow, eerily announcing their arrival with a buzzing sound that sounded like a motorbike. The first explosions sounded just before 7 am, as the people of Kyiv were getting ready for work and the children were just waking up.

By the time the attack was over, at least four people were killed in a simultaneously defiant and fear-struck capital.

In strikes early in the war and last week, destruction came to Kyiv in the form of a thunderbolt of blue, with missiles blasting at tremendous speeds. Monday’s drone attack was different, as residents were aware of the presence of drones overhead in search of their targets.

The strikes highlighted Russia’s increasing use of Iranian-made droneswhich explode on impact and are easy to shoot down, with Western analysts saying Moscow is running out of precision missiles. While Iran has officially denied supplying Russia with drones for use in Ukraine, US officials said the first batch of these weapons was delivered in August.

Drones hovered low over office buildings and apartment complexes in central Kyiv, visible from the streets below and adding to the horror. Soldiers at checkpoints or other locations in the city opened fire from their guns.

Among the dead were a young couple, including a six-month-old pregnant woman, who was pulled out from under the rubble of an apartment building, according to the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko.

After dark, sirens sounded again in Kyiv and beyond, as Ukrainian officials said air defense systems were again targeting Russian drones.

“Stay in the shelters! Take care of yourself and your loved ones, ”Olexi Kuleba, Governor of the Kyiv Province, Books on the Telegram messaging app.

Monday’s strikes were only the latest targeting the capital, just over a week after Kyiv came under sustained attack from Russian missiles.

Yulia Oleksandrevna, 86, huddled in a basement with her young grandson on Monday morning. She said the word anger was too soft to describe how she felt. Retired teacher, World War II survivor, she fled her hometown in Russia with her family when she was 5 and a half years old.

“The siren sound we have these days, I know that sound from my childhood,” she said. “At the beginning and end of my life, this is the music of my life.”

At least two more explosions occurred around 8:15 am, thick white smoke covering parts of central Kyiv along with a pungent smell of burning. The city remained on alert from air strikes for nearly three hours.

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“I was smoking on my balcony, and someone was passing by,” said Vladislav Khokhlov, a cosmetologist who lives in an apartment on the thirteenth floor. He said he saw what looked like a small metal triangular sizzle not far above the rooftops, like a chain saw.

One of the explosions hit an apartment building. Shortly after emergency workers pulled a body out of the rubble, the mayor of Kyiv stood in front of the damaged four-story building.

“This is the true face of this war,” said Mr. Klitschko.

Steps away, a woman’s body lay in an unzipped black bag. A detective grabbed her thin wrist covered in dirt and debris, then folded her arms over her body.

In the central Kyiv area, plumes of smoke rose from the fires from both sides of the street. What a horror, said Anna Chujai, retired.

“Second! It happens now all the time,” she said.

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It appears that one of the targets of the strikes, a municipal heating plant, was not damaged. Viktor Turbaev, a building manager for a convenience store a block away, said the soldiers opened fire with their rifles when the drones approached.

“They want us to freeze,” he said of the Russians’ constant assaults on electricity, heating and other basic services.

Underground, a group of families formed safely in subway stations, in scenes evoking the early days of the Russian invasion in February. Mothers sat with children playing cards. Some women put their babies to sleep on mats. For a while the passing trains woke the children up and cried until they fell asleep so deeply that the sound no longer bothered them.

Anastasia Havrilyuk, 34, said she takes her daughter to work most days now, so they can rush together to a bomb shelter if the air raid sirens go off.

“I can’t imagine her being without me in the shelter,” she said.

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