Further air attacks on Kyiv follow Russia's New Year assaults

AP - Efrem Lukatsky

An aerial strike targeted the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in the early hours of Monday, after a New Year's weekend marked by dozens of Russian drone and missile attacks that killed at least four people.

Kyiv was rocked by an air raid on Monday morning, with the city's military administration ordering residents just after 1:00 am local time to "stay in shelters".

"The air defence system is working. Balconies and windows in a high-rise building were damaged in Desnyanskyi district," according to a Kyiv official.

Oleksii Kuleba, head of the capital region's military administration, said there had been "waves" of attacks by Iranian-made Shahed drones.

"They are targeting critical infrastructure facilities," he said.

Nearly three hours later, the capital and its surrounding region lifted the air alert. The city's military administration said 20 air targets had been shot down.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported an explosion in Kyiv's northeastern Desnyanskyi district and said emergency services were dispatched.

"An injured 19-year-old man was hospitalised in the Desnyanskyi district of the capital," he said. Authorities later said he was hurt by the falling debris.

Change of tactics by Russia

Russia's New Year assaults -- which targeted downtown areas of large cities -- show a change in tactics, said an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Russia no longer has any military goals and is trying to kill as many civilians as possible and destroy more civilian facilities," according to presidential official.


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