In the most recent midnight assault by Russian forces, Ukraine’s air defenses fired down 35 Iranian-made drones above Kyiv, killing four civilians, according to officials on Monday.
On the day of the customary Red Square remembrances commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, Moscow imposed strict security. At the time, the bombardments occurred.
For the first time in years, military parades, a mainstay of Victory Day festivities across Russia, were postponed on May 9 in at least 21 Russian cities, according to Russian media.
Regional representatives mentioned “security concerns” or obliquely mentioned “the current situation.”
Moscow and St. Petersburg, two of Russia’s major cities, will host parades. Before Victory Day, however, drone use had been outlawed in both cities. Jet ski usage has also been banned in several areas of St. Petersburg, known as “northern Venice,” because of its waterways and canal network until May 10.
In the Russian capital, drivers cannot begin or end journeys in the city center due to a temporary ban on car-sharing services.
According to Serhii Popko, the Kyiv City Military Administration chief, five persons were hurt by flying drone debris. Over three hours of the night, air raid sirens blasted.
According to a Telegram message by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, drone debris impacted a two-story apartment building in the city’s western Svyatoshynskyi neighborhood and set an adjacent car on fire.
As a result of its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russia has frequently used Iranian Shahed drones to increase its firepower while facing economic sanctions and restrictions on its supply lines.
According to the Ukrainian defense ministry, three civilians were killed due to Russian shelling on 127 targets in Ukraine’s northern, southern, and eastern regions.
According to the report, the Kremlin’s soldiers bombarded Ukraine with surface-to-air missiles, missile launchers, bombers, mortars, drones, and tanks.
According to reports, up to eight cruise missiles were fired from Russian long-range aircraft against the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa. Three people were hurt, and one person died.
According to the spokesman for the Ukrainian air force, Yuri Ihnat, several of the Soviet-era cruise missiles launched against the Odesa region either self-destructed or crashed into the water before striking their objectives.
A local official said on Monday that six Russian rockets also struck the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine during the night.
According to the governor of the Donetsk region’s Telegram account, Petro Kyrylenko, the missiles were fired at the city’s industrial area but did not result in any injuries.
May 9 is often a holiday in Ukraine, but not this year due to the conflict.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, announced on Monday that he had filed a draft bill to the legislature proposing a Day of Europe on May 9 and a Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism on May 8 to further distance Kyiv from Moscow.
Zelenskyy compared Russian objectives in Ukraine to Nazi objectives. Sadly, evil has come back, Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram.
“Even though there is a new attacker, the aim is still enslavement or annihilation.