The Kiev region of Ukraine was attacked by Iranian-made kamikaze drones

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Iranian-made kamikaze drones struck a part of Ukraine’s capital early Thursday, and rescue workers rushed to the scene as residents raised air raid sirens for the fourth consecutive morning following a major Russian strike. across the country earlier this week.

Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the strike took place in the area around the capital. It is not yet clear if there were any casualties.

Kyrillo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the presidential office, said in a telegram that “critical infrastructure facilities” had been affected, without providing any details.

In the southern city of Mykolaiv, overnight shelling destroyed a five-story apartment building as fighting continued in southern Ukraine.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkovych said the top two floors of the building were completely destroyed in a single strike, while the rest of the building collapsed. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Early morning attacks in southern Ukraine have become a daily occurrence in Russia’s war. Kevin’s forces launch a counter-offensive to recapture territory occupied by Moscow.

Attacks on Kiev had become rare before the capital was hit at least four times during Monday’s mass strikes, which killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 100 across the country.

Western leaders pledged to send more weapons this week to Ukraine, including air defense systems And Kiev said the weapons were crucial to defeating the invading Russian forces.

Britain said on Thursday that it is supplying missiles for advanced Nasaam anti-aircraft systems that the Pentagon plans to send to Ukraine in the coming weeks. It is deploying hundreds of additional aerial drones for intelligence gathering and logistical support, as well as 18 howitzer artillery guns.

“These weapons will help Ukraine protect its skies from attacks and strengthen its overall missile defense alongside US NASA,” UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said.

The systems, long desired by Kiev, would provide medium- to long-range defense against missile attacks.

The offer comes as NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels aimed at helping bolster Ukraine’s air defenses after Monday’s widespread Russian offensive.

Ukraine’s military said this week that its existing air defenses had shot down dozens of Russian missiles and Shahed-136 drones, known as kamikaze drones that have played an increasingly deadly role in the war.

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