- By Jaroslav Lukiv
- BBC News
Russia has launched a new massive drone attack on Ukraine’s capital Kiev, local officials said.
Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said one person was killed when debris from a drone fell near a gas station. A woman was injured.
He said air defenses had shot down more than 20 drones heading towards Kiev – but a “new wave of drones” was approaching.
Russia has recently stepped up attacks on Kyiv in an effort to breach the capital’s defenses.
Earlier on Sunday, air raid warnings were activated in 12 regions of Ukraine, from Volyn in the northwest to Dnipropetrovsk in the southeast.
In a post on social media, Mr Klitschko urged Kyiv residents to “stay in shelter”, warning that the night would be “difficult”.
He said at least two high-rise buildings in different districts of the capital caught fire after falling and being hit by drone fragments.
Emergency personnel have been deployed.
In its latest attacks, Russia has used so-called kamikaze drones and a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles.
The attacks came ahead of a Ukrainian counter-offensive.
On Saturday, one of Ukraine’s most senior security officials told the BBC that the country was ready for such a move.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s powerful National Defense and Security Council, said the offensive to retake the territory from President Vladimir Putin’s occupation forces would begin “tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or a week.”
Ukraine has been planning a counterattack for months. But it wanted as much time as possible to train troops and acquire military equipment from Western allies.