Zelenskiy: Russia plans protracted drone campaign to 'exhaust' Ukraine

Ukraine's President Zelenskiy addresses Ukrainian people on the New Year eve, in Kyiv

(Reuters) - Russia is planning a protracted campaign of attacks with Iranian drones to "exhaust" Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday.

"We have information that Russia is planning a protracted attack using Shahed drones," Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address. "It is probably banking on exhaustion. Exhausting our people, our anti-aircraft defences, our energy."

Ukraine, he said, had to "act and do everything so that the terrorists' fail in their aim, as all their others have failed."

(Reporting by Ron Popeski and Elaine Monaghan; editing by Jonathan Oatis)