Ukraine war: Russia hits Kyiv with ‘biggest drone attack of conflict so far’ | World News – 943hare

Kyiv has been hit by what Ukraine’s air force described as the largest Russian drone attack of the war so far.

At least five people were injured after more than 70 Iranian-made kamikaze Shahed drones descended on multiple districts of the capital city overnight.

Explosions were heard as the aircraft were intercepted, with several buildings damaged.

Writing on Telegram, mayor Vitali Klitschko said apartment blocks and a nursery were hit.

An 11-year-old girl was among the injured, he added.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the strikes, which came ahead of Ukraine’s annual memorial day for victims of the 1932 Holodomor famine, as an act of “wilful terror”.

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How Ukraine shoots down Russia’s drones

Russia’s winter bombardment

It comes days after Russia launched consecutive nights of drone attacks on Kyiv for the first time in weeks.

Those also used Shahed drones.

The attacks bear similarities to 12 months ago, when Russia began targeting Ukraine’s energy, military and transport infrastructure, six months after withdrawing its troops from around the capital.

Millions were left without energy and heating during the coldest months of the year.

The latest attack has left almost 200 buildings without power, Ukraine’s energy ministry said.

The Holodomor Famine

Ukraine recognises the Holodomor famine as a genocide against its people by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

Historians dispute whether the famine, which killed millions of Ukrainians, was a purposefully orchestrated bid to eradicate an independence movement, or a botched nationalisation policy.

The man-made famine saw Stalin order police to seize grain, livestock, and seed from Ukrainian farms.

Since the war began last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of a similar attempt to starve Ukraine’s people.

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Mr Zelenskyy had warned civilians to expect another winter bombardment from Moscow this year.

In a nightly address last weekend, he said: “The closer we are to winter, the more Russians will try to make the strikes more powerful.”

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