Ukraine: kamikaze drone attacks in the Kyiv region, one injured

Ukraine: Kamikaze drone attacks in the Kyïv region, one wounded


One person was injured in attacks by Iranian-made suicide bombers on the town of Bila Tserkva, about 100 kilometers south of Kyiv, the regional governor said on Wednesday, a first of its kind in this zone.  

“During the night, the enemy carried out strikes with Shahed-136 type kamikaze drones against Bila Tserkva”, causing fires, Governor Oleksiï Kouleba said on Telegram. 

“There had six shots and explosions,” he said, reporting one injured and damage to infrastructure in this city, which had around 200,000 inhabitants before the Russian invasion launched in February and which houses several military units. . 

The Southern Command of the Ukrainian army, for its part, indicated on Telegram that it had shot down six drones of the same type overnight. Command spokeswoman Natalia Goumenyuk told AFP that the aircraft were shot down in the Mykolaiv district.

Ukraine reported the first Russian attacks in September. using Iranian-made drones, but these have so far mainly targeted the south of the country, notably the strategic city of Odessa on the Black Sea. 

According to media reports, the Iran has delivered hundreds of its drones to Russia despite warnings from Washington, an ally of Kyiv. 

Ukraine announced the same day that it would “significantly reduce” the diplomatic presence of Iran at home in retaliation for Tehran's drone deliveries to Moscow, removing the accreditation of Iran's ambassador and “drastically reducing” Iranian embassy diplomatic staff.

Tehran said he regretted this decision “based on unfounded information, relayed by the propaganda of the state media. foreigners” against Iran.