White House denounces Russian drone attacks on Ukraine

The White House condemns the latest attacks on Ukraine from Russia, where waves of explosive-laden suicide drones hit the Ukrainian capital on Monday, setting buildings on fire and punching a hole in one of them.

“The United States strongly condemns Russia’s missile launches today, which continue to demonstrate Putin’s brutality,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday.

The concentrated use of drones was the second barrage in as many weeks – after months in which aerial attacks had become rare in central Kyiv. The assault struck terror and frayed nerves as explosions rocked the city. Energy facilities were struck and a drone largely collapsed a residential building, killing four people, authorities said.

Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration would continue to “vigorously” enforce US sanctions on the Russian and Iranian arms trade.

Intense, sustained bursts of gunfire rang out as Iranian-made Shahed drones buzzed overhead, apparently from soldiers trying to destroy them. Others took cover, nervously scanning the sky. But Ukraine has become eerily accustomed to attacks nearly eight months after the Russian invasion began, and life in the city resumed as rescuers picked up the debris.

Previous Russian airstrikes on Kyiv were mainly missiles. Analysts believe the slower Shahed drones can be programmed to accurately hit certain targets using GPS unless the system fails.

In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Monday’s barrage came in successive waves of 28 drones – in what many fear will become a more common mode of attack as Russia seeks to avoid exhausting its stocks of long-range precision missiles.

Iran has previously denied supplying weapons to Russia, although its Revolutionary Guard leader boasted of supplying weapons to the world’s biggest powers, without giving further details.

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Christi C. Elwood