Russia have allegedly launched fresh wave drone strikes on cities around Ukraine after prompting air raid sirens in the country.
According to officials, explosions were heard in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, where the city’s mayor said five people had been injured by falling debris from downed drones. The blasts also hit the western city of Odesa, BBC reports.
This attack on Kyiv, which comes just 24 hours before Russia celebrates Victory Day, is the fourth in eight days.
The conflict which the Kremlin has baselessly tried to draw parallels to since launching its invasion of Ukraine last year, is the annual holiday which commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two.
Interestingly, Moscow has intensified its air raids over the past week ahead of an expected Ukrainian offensive in the south-eastern Zaporizhzhia region.
This development comes after a recent calm in Russian attacks in recent months, as this has seen Kyiv go days without an attack.
Monday morning’s raids which lasted for more than four hours and were launched shortly after midnight – saw Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones swarm across the country, the Ukrainian military said.
Kyiv’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko said 60 drones had been launched, adding that 36 had been destroyed over Kyiv alone overnight, in the largest Russian attack in months.