The Shevchenko district in the center of the Ukrainian capital was rocked by explosions for the second time in a week during the city’s busiest hours on Monday, and Mayor Vitali Klitschko said several buildings residences were damaged.
Several explosions rocked the district after 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), when many people rush to work or school, just over an hour after the first wave of explosions hit some residential buildings.
“Rescue teams are on the scene,” Klitschko told the Telegram messaging service, adding that as a result of what he said was a drone strike, a fire also broke out in a non-residential building.
There was no immediate information on the victims.
The kyiv city administration said after the first wave of explosions that “critical infrastructure” was being targeted.
The Shevchenko district, a busy center with universities, student bars and restaurants, suffered several explosions on Monday last week, when Russia ordered the largest air offensive against Ukrainian cities in retaliation for an explosion on a bridge linking mainland Russia. with Crimea.
Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, said the latest attacks were carried out with so-called suicide drones.
“The Russians believe that this will help them, but such actions are just seizures,” Yermak said on Telegram.
Ukraine has reported a series of Russian attacks using Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in recent weeks. Iran denies supplying the drones to Russia, while the Kremlin has not commented.
Russia denies targeting civilians in its “special military operation” — as the Kremlin calls it — in Ukraine.