One injured, energy facility damaged as Russia launches another drone attack on Kyiv

2 January, 11:14 AM
Searchlights search for drones in the sky of Kyiv, the night of January 2, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Searchlights search for drones in the sky of Kyiv, the night of January 2, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

For a second night in a row, Russia attacked the Ukrainian capital city Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast with Iranian-made Shahed-131/136 flying bomb drones overnight on Jan. 2.

Giving news of the latest attack, Regional Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on the Telegram messenger that the enemy had targeted critical infrastructure facilities.

“Preliminary information. The fragments of a downed UAV in the Desnianskyi district damaged balconies and windows in a high-rise building,” the head of Kyiv’s military administration, Serhiy Popko, added on Telegram.

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“There is no fire. The information on casualties is being clarified. Stay in shelters!”

Meanwhile, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that a 19-year-old man had been hospitalized in the capital city’s Desnianskyi district as a result of the Russian drone attack. He also confirmed there had been damage to energy infrastructure facilities.

At the same time, Ukraine’s Air Force confirmed the Defense Forces had destroyed 39 Shahed drones, two Orlan-10 UAVs, and a Kh-59 missile.

Later, Popko reported on the situation with energy supply in Kyiv as of 9 a.m. on Jan. 2.

“Thanks to the titanic work of power engineering specialists and all utility services, Kyiv residents were able to celebrate the New Year with electricity, without blackouts,” he said in a Telegram post.

“But due to the damage to an energy facility during the latest air attack on Kyiv and due to increased electricity consumption after the (Christmas) holidays, the city is forced to return to blackouts. Energy, repair crews and utility services are working in an intensified mode to restore the stable operation of the power grid.”

Popko added that Kyiv was fully provided with water and heat supplies.

Russia launched a campaign at the beginning of October to destroy Ukraine’s energy infrastructure so as to deny the Ukrainian population power, heating, and water supplies during winter.

The Kremlin hopes this will make the Ukrainian public pressure their government to agree to a ceasefire, which Russia desperately needs to rebuild its military, which has been smashed by 10 months of fighting in Ukraine.

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