Conflicts & War

Kyiv suffers another massive bombardment and vows to continue autumn counter-offensive

Kyiv/Moscow, Sept 10 (EFE).- Ukraine suffered a massive drone bombardment of the capital Kyiv an its sorrounding region on Sunday, causing at least four injuries and much damage.

Meanwhile, the Kyiv government said it would continue its counter-offensive in the east and south of the country in the autumn, when adverse weather conditions make it difficult for troops to advance.

On Sunday night, Russia attacked the Kyiv region with 33 Iranian Shahed-136/131 suicide drones. Ukrainian air defences managed to shoot down 26 of them.


The downed drones caused debris to fall in several Kyiv neighbourhoods, damaging an apartment, cars, trolley bus power lines and roads.

The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, reported that one person had been injured.

And the governor of the Kyiv region, Ruslan Kravchenko, reported four wounded in the province, which sorrounds but does not include the capital, and damage to more than a hundred houses, seven buildings, a school and a kindergarten, as well as a hospital and several shops.


After three months of a slow counter-offensive in the face of constant Russian shelling, the Ukrainian authorities have said they will continue the fight to retake occupied territory in the east and south of the country, despite the coming autumn’s promise of cold, fog and rain.

“Hostilities will continue in one form or another. It is more difficult to fight in the cold, wet and mud. Hostilities will continue. The counter-offensive will continue,” Ukrainian military intelligence chief Major General Kyrylo Budanov told the European Strategy Conference in Yalta, according to Ukrainska Pravda.

US Joint Chiefs chairman General Mark Milley told British television network BBC on Sunday that Ukraine still over a month fight before the autumn weather begins to hamper its counteroffensive.

“There’s still a reasonable amount of time, probably about 30 to 45 days’ worth of fighting weather left, so the Ukrainians aren’t done” he said, adding that “There’s battles not done… they haven’t finished the fighting part of what they’re trying to accomplish.”


In one of the most deadly fronts in the east of the country, around the occupied town of Bakhmut, two aid workers from the humanitarian NGO Road to Relief were killed on Saturday, according to the organisation itself and the Spanish Foreign Ministry.

Emma Igual, a Spanish national and the director and co-founder of the organisation, and Anthony Ihnat, a Canadian, were killed when they were hit by Russian shells while travelling in a vehicle with two other colleagues from Sweden and Germany from Sloviansk to the village of Ivanivske, west of Bakhmut, to assess the needs of the civilian population.

The Russian defence ministry made no mention in its Sunday report of the fighting around Bakhmut, a locality seized by Russia last May and currently the subject of a counter-offensive by the Ukrainian army.


Ukrainian troops in Zaporizhzhia, in the south-eastern region of Ukraine, have managed to advance another 1.5 square kilometres near the liberated town of Robotyne, Oleksandr Shtupun, press officer of the Ukrainian Tauride Defence Forces, reported on Sunday.

According to Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate, Ukraine faces hundreds of thousands of Russian troops in the temporarily occupied territories and in Crimea.

“The Russian Federation has concentrated more than 420,000 troops in our temporarily occupied territories and on the Crimean peninsula. This does not include the Russian Guard, other structures, special units and security forces of the Russian Federation that ensure the power of occupation in our territories,” he noted.

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