Russia launched an air attack on Kyiv early on Sunday, with blasts ringing out across the Ukrainian capital and its region for almost two hours and drone debris falling on several of the city’s central districts. Read our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
05:14am: Russia downs eight Ukraine-launched drones over Crimea, says Russian defence ministry
Russia’s air defence systems destroyed eight Ukraine-launched drones over the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula in the early hours of Sunday, the Russian defence ministry said.
The ministry, in a statement on the Telegram messaging app, did not immediately say if there were any damages or injuries.
05:00am: Ukraine downs more than two dozen drones targeting Kyiv, say authorities
Ukrainian air defence forces downed more than two dozen drones targeting Kyiv overnight, city authorities said Sunday morning.
“Drones entered the capital in groups and from different directions,” Sergiy Popko, head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, wrote on Telegram.
“Air defence forces managed to destroy more than two dozen enemy UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles),” he said, adding that the exact number would be announced by Ukraine’s air force.
Authorities had urged people to remain in shelters as the air defence system rained debris on the capital.
Key developments of Saturday, September 9:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Kyiv is “ready” to organise elections despite the ongoing war. Earlier, Zelensky said Russian air superiority is ‘stopping’ his country’s counteroffensive against occupying forces. The remarks came as Russian air strikes killed several people and injured dozens more in eastern Ukraine.
Read yesterday’s live blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)