Drone attack on Kyiv after aerial alerts issued in eastern Ukraine | Ukraine

Air raid alerts have been issued in Kyiv and across eastern Ukraine, with reports of Russian drone attacks on the capital.

Air alerts began at midnight Monday morning in the country’s capital and across much of eastern Ukraine, and were still wailing two hours later.

Debris from a destroyed drone hit Kyiv’s northeast Desnianskiy district, injuring one person, city mayor Vitali Klitschko said. The district, located on the left bank of the Dnieper, is mainly a residential area and the most populated district of the capital.

Ukraine’s regional military command in the east of the country said air defense systems destroyed nine Iranian-made Shahed drones over Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions in the early hours of Monday.

It was the second consecutive night of strikes, after Kyiv was targeted on New Year’s Eve. Damage in the capital was limited to two cases of rocket debris falling on the city, damaging a car in the city on Sunday. downtown.

Three other people were reportedly killed across the country, after attacks in Kherson, where a children’s hospital was also hit, in Khmelnytsky in the west of the country and in the southern region of Zaporizhzhia.

Sunday’s attacks came minutes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy delivered his New Year’s address, saying he hoped 2023 would bring a successful conclusion to the fighting and peace in the country.

“We don’t know for sure what 2023 will bring us. I want to wish us all one thing: victory. And that’s the main thing. »

Reuters and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

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