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Explosions rang out in Kiev

The Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins is in Kiev, where she heard at least three explosions this morning.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in Telegram:

“The explosion in the Shavchenka district – in the center of the capital. All services are in place. Details later. The air alert continues. Stay in the shelters!”

Shevchenka district is the same district where several explosions rang out a week ago, on October 10. As a result of the attacks on Kyiv last week, at least 19 people were killed and more than 100 were injured.

Key events

Charlotte Higgins

Here’s our report on this morning’s attacks:

Kyiv has been hit by a series of bombings, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed that “there will be no need for more massive strikes” Ukraine.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that two explosions rang out in the center of the city’s Shavchenka district. statements posted on his Telegram channel shortly before 7 a.m. Monday.

Air-raid sirens sounded in Kyiv at 6:25 a.m., an almost daily occurrence that citizens often ignore. However, this time they were quickly followed by a series of explosions between 6.35am and 6.58am (03:35 GMT and 03:58 GMT). Guardian reporters heard a second series of explosions at around 8:15am local time (6:15am BST).

Klitschko reported that “as a result of a drone attack, a fire broke out in a non-residential building in the Shavchenko district”, several residential buildings were also damaged.

The attack was confirmed in Telegram by the head of the presidential administration Andrei Yermak post just after 7 am.

“The capital was attacked by kamikaze drones,” he said. “We need more air defense systems and as soon as possible. We have no time for slow action. More weapons to protect the sky and destroy the enemy.’

“The Russians think it will help them, but these actions are more like agony,” he said.

It is reported that emergency services are clarifying information about possible victims.

The head of the Ukrainian State Railway, Alexander Kamyshyn, said that several strikes took place in the area of ​​the central station of Kyiv. Dozens of people hid in the underpass at the station.

Terrorist attacks in Zaporozhye at night

Anatoly Kurtsev, the secretary of the Zaporizhia City Council, just wrote in Telegram that the attack on the city took place at night, but so far there are no reports of casualties.

“Tonight, during an air raid, the racist occupiers struck the outskirts of the city and the suburbs.

According to preliminary information, there were no damages or injuries.”

Ninth drone strike in Kiev, attacks continue

Daniel Boffi of The Guardian reports that Kyiv has struck a ninth blow.

The Guardian’s Daniel Boffi says he’s hearing reports of eight strikes in Kiev this morning.

Reports from other countries put the total number of drone attacks on city stands at eight

— Daniel Boffey (@danielboffey) October 17, 2022

If you’re just joining us, Russia struck Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, early Monday morning. As a result of the strikes, residential buildings were damaged, some of them took place near the central railway station of Ukraine.

“Several residential buildings were damaged. Medics are on the spot,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in Telegram.

No casualties have been reported yet.

The Guardian’s Daniel Boffi reports that a fifth drone just flew over Kiev and landed “with a crash” after the Ukrainian military failed to shoot it down:

There was just a fifth drone in Kiev. Watched as soldiers tried to shoot him down, but he dodged machine gun fire and landed with a thud

— Daniel Boffey (@danielboffey) October 17, 2022

New explosions are heard in Kyiv

The Guardian’s Charlotte Higgins, who is in Kiev, has just heard more explosions. More on that soon.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko posted a photo on Twitter of “the wreckage of one of the kamikaze drones that attacked Kyiv this morning.”

Fragment of one of the kamikaze drones that attacked Kyiv this morning. pic.twitter.com/EV1Hy6GADL

— Vitaliy Klychko (@Vitaliy_Klychko) October 17, 2022

Zelensky said that the number of Russians is approaching 65,000

In an update late Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said nearly 65,000 Russians had been killed since Putin invaded Ukraine February 24. This figure is much higher than Moscow’s official estimate, published on September 21, of 5,937 dead.

“The total losses of the enemy in killed are close to 65 thousand people. So many citizens of Russia gave their lives for the opportunity for a handful of people in the Kremlin to ignore reality,” Zelensky wrote.

Estimates of the number of Russian soldiers killed in the war differ. In July, Colin Cull, the US undersecretary of defense for policy, said it was estimated that up to 80,000 Russians had been killed or wounded. About a quarter of them are believed to have been killed, two US officials told the New York Times.

EU foreign ministers to discuss transfer of Iranian drones to Russia – Reuters

EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday are expected to agree on a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian troops starting next month and on additional funding of 500 million euros for arms supplies to Kyiv, Reuters reports.

Several EU countries have already instructed the Ukrainian military on how to use specific weapons, and this will continue.

The European Union has supported Kyiv since the beginning of the war with financial and, for the first time for the bloc, military aid.

Foreign ministers will agree to add another 500 million euros ($486 million) to a fund that will compensate EU member states for weapons supplied Ukraineas a result of which the total amount allocated for arms for Kiev exceeded 3 billion euros.

Unlike the previous tranches, the additional money will also cover the costs of repair and maintenance of weapons that have already been delivered to Ukraine.

EU foreign ministers will also discuss the transfer of Iranian drones to Russia, paving the way for possible further sanctions to be agreed later.

This is reported by the British Ministry of Defense in its latest information Russia “probably” faces more acute logistical problems as a result of the explosion on the Kerch bridge on October 8.

“There is a long line of trucks waiting at the crossing,” the agency reports.

The conflict has pushed four million children into poverty, the UN says

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its economic consequences have thrown four million children into poverty in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said.

“Children bear the heaviest burden of the economic crisis caused by the war in Ukraine,” UNICEF said.

The conflict and rising inflation caused another four million children to move east Europe and Central Asia into poverty, a 19 percent increase from 2021.”

Russian and Ukrainian children suffered the most after Moscow’s attack on their neighbor in February.

“Russia accounts for almost three-quarters of the total increase in the number of children living in poverty due to the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis in the region, with an additional 2.8 million children now living in families below the poverty line. line”, – reports UNICEF.

The impact of Western sanctions on Russia’s economy, combined with its large population, exacerbated the effects.

“Ukraine is home to half a million children living in poverty, the second highest proportion,” UNICEF said.

Romania was lagging behind, with another 110,000 children living in poverty.


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