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Russia strikes Kyiv with Shahed drones, building on fire: UPDATES

Screenshot of a video of a building in Kyiv on fire after being hit by Russia’s launch of the Iranian Shahed-136 drone
Russia strikes Kyiv with Shahed drones, building on fire: UPDATES

Capital Kyiv was under a drone attack from early morning of 17 October. Explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital and the Kyiv Oblast.

As of 20.00 four were killed in the attack. Mayor Klitschko reports four dead: a 59-year-old woman, a man and a young couple.

According Klitschko, 28 drones attacked Kyiv, most of which were shot down. Five objects were struck, energy infrastructure objects among them, said Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. He informed that critical infrastructure of Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy Oblast were hit, and hundreds of settlements are left without power.

According to Ukraine’s Air Force spox Yuriy Ihnat, Russia launched 43 Shahed-136 suicide drones for the attack, 37 of which were destroyed by Ukraine’s aviation, anti-air defense, and other defense units.

According to Kyiv mayor Klitschko, as a result of a drone attack, a fire broke out in a non-residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv. Fire units are working. Several residential buildings were damaged. Medics are at the scene. Information about the victims is being clarified.

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko shared a photo of remnants of a Shahed kamikaze drone shot down above Kyiv.

An earlier version of this photo showed the serial number; he then reuploaded it with the number blurred out, to prevent Russia from tracking effectiveness of its drones

Remnants of a destroyed Shahed drone. Vitaliy Klitschko /Telegram

According to MIA advisor Anton Herashchenko, the kamikaze drones aimed at hitting critical infrastructure in central Kyiv and a “significant number were shot down” before they reached the capital.

Videos shared on social media show the aftermath and moment of impact:

Rescuers near building in central district destroyed by Russian-launched drone. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

Rescuers near building in central district destroyed by Russian-launched drone. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

Car damaged by impact of Shahed-136 drone attack on Kyiv. Kyrylo Tymoshenko

Building in central Kyiv destroyed by Russian-launched drone. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

According to mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, one woman was killed in the attack.

Rescuers evacuate woman from under the rubble of a building hit by a Russian Shakhed-136 suicide drone. Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko

On Telegram, President Zelenskyy shared footage of the aftermath of the strike and claimed that Ukrainians won’t be broken:

“All night and all morning, the enemy terrorizes the civilian population. Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all of Ukraine. A residential building was hit in Kyiv.

The enemy can attack our cities, but it won’t be able to break us. The occupiers will get only fair punishment and condemnation of future generations. And we will get victory,” he wrote.

Following the strike, amid an air alarm triggered by Russian missiles launched at Ukraine, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addressed the EU from a bombshelter, caliing to provide air defense, ammunutin, enact sanctions on Iran for supplying Russia with drones, and a strong 9th EU sanctions package.

The EU’s 8th sanctions package, which includes an oil price cap, had fallen beneath Ukraine’s expectations. Ukraine urges the EU to introduce a full gas and oil embargo on Russia.

EU’s 8th Russia sanctions package has oil price cap, falls beneath Kyiv’s expectations

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