– In the morning, 28 drones took off in the direction of Kiev. Thanks to our armed forces and air defense, most of the flying terrorists were shot down. A total of five explosions were heard in Kiev. One of them is in a residential building in the Shevchenko district. The rescuers continue with the extinguishing of the building’s structures and work on dismantling the ruins. Previously, 18 residents of the building were rescued. Two were under the rubble. The body of a dead woman was recently found. According to preliminary data, there is another person under the rubble. Search and rescue operations are underway – said Vitaliy Klitschko, mayor of Kiev, according to the Guardian .
A Reuters reporter from Kiev stated that he saw on the part of the drone that it was written “This is for Belgrade”.
Russian officials from Belgorod accused Ukraine of being behind yesterday’s attack on a military training ground in the Belgorod region of Russia, when 11 recruits were killed.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, spoke outside the attacked building in central Kiev.
– Russia continues to terrorize civilians. We need air defense – he said.
Drone attack on Kiev
He says that human voices can be heard under the ruins.
– You see what kind of targets Putin chooses. It’s a residential complex – he said in the video.
Several explosions rang out in the central part of Kiev this morning.
The chief of staff of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, said that Russian forces attacked Kiev with kamikaze drones. Ukraine claims they are Iranian drones.
A journalist from the British Guardian wrote on Twitter that Air defense destroyed nine more Iranian-made kamikaze drones with anti-aircraft missile units and fighter aircraft, Ukraine’s Air Forces reported. Ground forces destroyed at least two kamikaze drones.
⚡️ 11 more Iranian-made drones downed, official number rises to 37.
Air defense destroyed nine more Iranian-made kamikaze drones with anti-aircraft missile units and fighter aircraft, Ukraine’s Air Forces reported. Ground forces destroyed at least two kamikaze drones.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 17, 2022
EMINE Djepar, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, published a video of this morning’s attack on Kiev.
The video shows the drone crashing toward the ground. The next moment, an explosion is seen as a consequence of the drone’s fall. She says it’s a kamikaze drone.
“Look at how Russia carries out an attack with an Iranian kamikaze drone. Several buildings have been damaged. Rescuers are pulling civilians out of the ruins. This is another Russian terrorist attack on our capital,” Jepar wrote.
Iran announced today that it has not provided Russia with drones for use in Ukraine, Reuters reported .
“The news that has appeared, in which it is written that Iran has provided Russia with drones, has a political background and it is circulating in the West. However, we have not provided weapons to any side in this war,” said the spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Kanani, at a conference for journalists.
In recent weeks, Kiev and a number of Western countries have accused Moscow of using Iranian-made kamikaze drones, and this topic may be discussed today at the meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union member states in Luxembourg.