Multiple explosive-laden drones hit Ukraine’s capital during the Monday morning rush, a week after Russian missile strikes broke a period relative calm in Kyiv.
Ukrainian officials said the drones were Iranian-made Shahed drones, which Russia has used to carry out so-called kamikaze attacks in which the drone are intentionally crashed into a target.
“All night and all morning, the enemy terrorizes the civilian population,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram. “Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all of Ukraine. The enemy can attack our cities, but it won’t be able to break us.”
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klichko said among the areas hit was the central Shevchenko district, the same area where Russian missiles struck last week as part of widespread airstrikes across the country.
Klichko said Monday’s attack killed at least one person, while damaging several apartment blocks and sparking a fire in a non-residential building. He said rescue workers pulled 18 people from the rubble of an apartment building and that two others remained trapped.
Andrii Yermak, the head of Zelenskyy’s office, said Ukraine needs more air defense systems as soon as possible.
“More weapons to defend the sky and destroy the enemy,” Yermak tweeted.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv called Monday’s attacks against civilians “desperate and reprehensible.”
“We admire the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people. We will stand with you for as long as it takes,” the embassy tweeted.
Last week’s attacks interrupted a long stretch of relative quiet in Kyiv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said those strikes and the ones elsewhere were in retaliation for an attack on a key bridge linking Crimea to Russia.
Some information for this story came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.