The Kyiv region of Ukraine was hit by Iranian-made kamikaze drones

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Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s capital region was hit by Iranian-made kamikaze drones early Thursday, officials said, dispatching rescue workers to the scene as residents were pounded by air raid sirens across the country for the fourth straight morning after Russia’s major attack woke up earlier this week.

Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the strike took place in the area around the capital. It was still unclear whether there were injuries.

Deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram that “critical infrastructure facilities” were hit in the region, without giving details on which ones.

In the southern city of Mykolayiv, night shelling destroyed a five-story apartment building, while fighting continued on Ukraine’s southern front.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkovych said the top two floors of the building were completely destroyed in a single strike, leaving the rest of the building in ruins. There were no immediate reports of dead or wounded.

Early morning attacks on Ukraine’s southern front have become a daily occurrence in the Russian war as Kiev’s forces advance a counteroffensive aimed at retaking Moscow-held territory.

Attacks on Kyiv had become rare before the capital was hit at least four times during Monday’s massive strikes that killed at least 19 people and injured more than 100 across the country.

Western leaders this week pledged to send more weapons to Ukraine, including air defense systems and weapons Kyiv said are vital to defeating invading Russian forces.

Britain said on Thursday it would supply missiles for NASAM’s advanced air defense systems, which the Pentagon plans to send to Ukraine in the coming weeks. It also sends hundreds of additional aerial drones for intelligence gathering and logistical support, and 18 more howitzer artillery pieces.

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that “these weapons will help Ukraine protect its skies from attack and bolster its overall missile defenses along with the US’s NASAMS.”

The systems that Kyiv has long wanted will provide medium and long-range defense against missile attacks.

The offer comes during a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels aiming to bolster Ukraine’s air defenses following the widespread Russian attack on Monday.

Ukraine’s military said this week that its current air defenses shot down dozens of incoming Russian missiles and Shahed-136 drones, the so-called kamikaze drones that have played an increasingly deadly role in the war.

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