Bleak Images Show Kyiv Under Attack, Again – This Time From Kamikaze Drones

Russia resumed bombing the Ukrainian capital last Monday.
Firefighters and Ukrainian soldiers conduct work after the Russian drone attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
Firefighters and Ukrainian soldiers conduct work after the Russian drone attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
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Ukraine has been attacked by Russia again, with its capital Kyiv under fire by drones this morning.

The centre of the capital was struck during its rush hour for the third day in the last week, by kamikaze drones, often known as suicide drones. They tend to hover above a target before attacking – their explosives detonate when coming into contact with anything else.

“All night and all morning, the enemy terrorises the civilian population. Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all of Ukraine,” the country’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

The head of the president’s staff Andriy Yermak said the attacks show Russia’s “desperation”.

At least one person has died and three others were injured in the Kyiv attacks alone, after Russia went after residential buildings, according to mayor Vitali Klitschko.

Air raid sirens went off before the first explosion, urging the public to take cover. It’s thought there were a total of four explosions this morning.

Until last week, Moscow had not targeted Kyiv for months, ever since its attempts to seize the capital failed in the early days of the war.

However, after the bridge connecting Crimea to Russia was destroyed, the Kremlin blamed Ukraine and renewed its offensives.

Across the rest of the country, “hundreds of localities” were left without electricity, according to the Ukrainian prime minister Denys Chmygal said.

Here are just some of the alarming images to emerge from the capital.

Police officers check the explosion site after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Police officers check the explosion site after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ukrainian firefighters works on a destroyed building after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022.
Ukrainian firefighters works on a destroyed building after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022.
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Smoke rises from a destroyed building after Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
Smoke rises from a destroyed building after Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
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A Ukrainian woman is seen with her child on the sidewalk after the Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
A Ukrainian woman is seen with her child on the sidewalk after the Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
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 A man falls is seen on the ground after a blast following a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A man falls is seen on the ground after a blast following a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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A soldier is seen sitting on the ground after Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
A soldier is seen sitting on the ground after Russian attacks in Kyiv, Ukraine on October 17, 2022.
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Local residents look on as smoke rises after a Russian drones strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Shahed-136, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 17, 2022.
Local residents look on as smoke rises after a Russian drones strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Shahed-136, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 17, 2022.
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A smoke rises after a drone fired on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
A smoke rises after a drone fired on buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
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Smoke rises from a building after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Smoke rises from a building after a drone attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Smoke rises after a Russian drones strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Shahed-136, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 17, 2022.
Smoke rises after a Russian drones strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Shahed-136, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 17, 2022.
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The port city of Mykolaiv was attacked too, where tanks containing sunflower oil were set on fire by similar drones.

It’s not entirely clear what Russia is trying to attack with the use of these drones, although the country could be targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

Russian president Vladimir Putin had said there was no need for more strikes on Ukraine earlier this week, announcing “we now have other tasks”.

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