Putin unleashes more drones over Ukraine as the holiday season begins

Russia's unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in Kyiv

Firefighters in Kyiv battle flames from a building hit by a drone (Image: Getty)

The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv faced a spate of drone strikes yesterday as Russia launched an overnight raid.

Only two were injured and there were no fatalities when forces shot down 18 of 23 self-detonating drones.

But officials said some had hit “critical infrastructure,” prompting more power outages across the region.

The attack came as Russian President Vladimir Putin met his counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus, which provided a launch pad for the armed forces to invade Ukraine nearly a decade ago.

It came three days after airstrikes that Ukrainian officials described as one of Russia’s biggest attacks on Kyiv since the war began with a failed attempt to capture the capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko after their meeting in Minsk (Image: Sputnik/Pavel Bednyakov/Kremlin via Reuters)

Yesterday was Saint Nicholas Day, which marks the start of the Christmas holidays in Ukraine and when children usually get their first presents hidden under their pillows.

“This is how the Russians congratulated our children on the holiday,” Serhii Kruk, the head of Ukraine’s State Emergency Medical Service, wrote on Telegram. He included photos of firefighters who were barely visible amidst fierce flames shooting out of a hit infrastructure facility.

Debris from the downed drones damaged a street and smashed windows in a block of flats. One hit the house of Olha and Ivan Kobzarenko, aged 84 and 83, on the outskirts of the capital.

Ivan suffered a head injury and her dog, Malysh, was killed.

“I know I’m not alone,” Olha said. “Everyone suffers. Everyone.’

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