Following overnight shelling of Kyiv, energy infrastructure facilities have been damaged, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko says in a Telegram post.
“The city is facing emergency power outages. Hence, there are heat supply facilities [that were left] without power. The capital is being supplied with water on a normal schedule,” he adds.
Klitschko previously reported explosions in the Desnyanskyi region of the city. According to the mayor, a 19-year-old man was hurt as a result of a drone falling down after being hit.
Head of the Kyiv region administration Oleksiy Kuleba says that the drone attack targeted critical infrastructure facilities. “It’s loud in the region and the capital. A drone attack in the night. Russians launched several waves of Shahed drones. They’re targeting critical infrastructure facilities. Air defence system is activated,” Kuleba’s message reads.
According to the Kyiv city state administration, the air defence system shot down at least 20 “air targets” over Kyiv.
Later on, Klitschko said that 40 kamikaze drones had been launched towards Kyiv in the night, 15 of them were destroyed in the neighbouring regions, three — in the Kyiv region, and 22 — in the airspace of the Ukrainian capital.
The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reports that 51 air strikes have been carried out against Ukraine over the past day, 44 Iranian Shahed drones were used. All of the UAVs were shot down, the General Staff claims.
On the night of 1 January, an air raid alert was declared in half of Ukraine’s regions. Alerts were turned on, in particular, in the Dnipro, Cherkasy, Mykolaiv, and Kropyvnytskyi regions, as well as in Ukraine-controlled parts of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. Furthermore, air raid warnings were declared in the city of Kyiv, as well as in the Kyiv, Poltava, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions.
The sirens were on for almost seven hours: from around 10PM (Moscow time, GMT+3) on 1 January to 5AM on 2 January.
Yesterday, Ukraine’s authorities reported that the air defence system had shot down 31 “air targets” over Kyiv on New Year’s night. It was later clarified by the Ukrainian Air Force Command that 45 Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 drones had been shot down all over Ukraine.