One person killed and another still under the rubble of Kyiv drone attacks, says city mayor
From Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
One woman has died and another person remains beneath the rubble at the site of a fatal drone attack in Kyiv on Monday, according the city's mayor.
"The body of a dead woman was pulled out from the rubble in the house in Shevchenkivskyi district, where there was an explosion as a result of a drone attack," Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram. "Another person is under the rubble."
Three people have been hospitalized, Klitschko added.
Moscow launched a fresh round of deadly "kamikaze" drone attacks across Ukraine early Monday, with weapons that Kyiv and US intelligence say were supplied by Iran.
Search and rescue operations at the site of the attacks are ongoing.
5:14 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Iran again denies supplying Russia with weapons for use in Ukraine
From CNN’s Mostafa Salem and Adam Pourahmadi
Iran has again refuted claims that it is supplying weapons to Russia for Moscow's war on Ukraine.
"Iran has repeatedly declared that it is not a party in the war between Russia and Ukraine and has not sent any weapons to either side," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani, according to Iranian state media IRNA.
"News is published that is based on political issues," Kanaani added. "It is a bitter irony that the countries that export millions of dollars of arms to one side of the war started a propaganda war against Iran."
During a phone call with Portugal's foreign minister on Saturday, Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, emphasized that Iran "has not and will not" provide any weapon to be used in Ukraine.
Dozens of "kamikaze" drones from the south of Ukraine destroyed, Air Force says
From Olga Voitovych and CNN's Victoria Butenko in Kyiv
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said it destroyed 37 Iranian-made Shahed-136s — known as "kamikaze" drones — overnight Sunday and on Monday.
"In the past 13 hours, #UAarmy shot down 37 Iranian Shahed-136 drones and 3 cruise missiles launched by Russian terrorists," the ministry said on Twitter.
Russian forces struck Ukraine with a flurry of deadly "kamikaze" drone attacks early Monday.
The strikes, including the ones in Kyiv, were all launched from southern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Air Force.
Ukrainian forces said they hit 11 Shahed-136s in northern and central regions of the country.
Nine of the drones were shot down by anti-aircraft missile units and fighter aircraft by the Air Force while two were destroyed by the Land Forces, the statement added.
Earlier, the Air Force said 26 drones were downed in the south of the country.
Some context: Russia has ordered 2,400 "kamikaze" drones from Iran, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
They are capable of carrying precision-guided missiles and have a payload of approximately 50 kilograms (110 pounds).
Drone attacks in the east of Ukraine had targeted crucial infrastructure, the Air Force said.
Last week, Moscow launched a spate of fatal strikes targeting the Ukrainian electrical grid, leading to widespread power outages.
4:09 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Russia "won't be able to break us," Zelensky says after Monday drone attacks
From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky struck a defiant tone on Monday after Russia launched dozens of drone attacks against Ukraine, including Kyiv.
The Ukrainian capital was hit at least four times by "kamikaze" drones, with rescue workers pulling at least 18 survivors from the rubble, according to authorities.
"All night and all morning, the enemy terrorizes the civilian population. Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all of Ukraine. A residential building was hit in Kyiv," Zelensky said in a post on Telegram.
"The enemy can attack our cities, but it won’t be able to break us. The occupiers will get only fair punishment and condemnation of future generations. And we will get victory."
The Ukrainian Air Force said it destroyed dozens of Iranian-made Shahed-136s — known as "kamikaze" drones — across the south and east of Ukraine in the early morning hours on Monday. It comes after Moscow fired hundreds of missiles at civilian targets in deadly attacks across Ukraine last week.
3:41 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Rescue operations ongoing at site of drone attack in Kyiv, mayor says
From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv
Eighteen people have been rescued and two people remain under the rubble at the site of a drone attack in Kyiv on Monday, according to Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
"Rescue operations are ongoing. Extinguishing of destroyed building structures and demolition of rubble is ongoing,” he said in a statement.
Kyiv was hit at least four times in Russian "kamikaze" drone attacks on Monday, according to the city’s military administration.
Klitschko said authorities are working to clarify if anyone was killed in the attacks.
2:45 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Air raid sirens off in Kyiv and surrounding region
From CNN's Victoria Butenko in Kyiv
Air raid sirens are off in Kyiv and the surrounding region as of 9:38 a.m local time, CNN's team on the ground reports.
A residential building was among the targets in at least four "kamikaze" drone strikes on the Ukrainian capital Monday, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukraine has repeatedly asked its allies to supply it with more air defense systems and ammunition after Russia stepped up its use of “kamikaze drones” in its brutal assault against the country.
2:36 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Kyiv hit four times Monday as drone attacks continue, Ukrainian officials say
From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv and Angus Watson
Ukraine’s capital Kyiv was hit at least four times in "kamikaze" drone attacks on Monday as of 9 a.m. local time, with strikes ongoing, according to the city’s military administration.
“A residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district was hit. Currently, information about casualties is being clarified,” the Kyiv City Military Administration said in a statement on Telegram.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, said the attacks are ongoing and a group of drones was approaching Kyiv from the south and east.
“Everyone stay in shelters!” Gerashchenko warned in a Telegram post.
Air raid sirens continue to be heard in Kyiv.
One strike Monday morning hit close to Kyiv’s main train station, Gerashchenko said.
2:35 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
More explosions heard in Kyiv
From CNN's Angus Watson
Blasts continue to be heard in central Kyiv, where air raid sirens are sounding Monday.
Ukrainian officials said Monday that Russia is attacking the Ukrainian capital with "kamikaze" drones.
2:35 a.m. ET, October 17, 2022
Kyiv attacked by "kamikaze" drones, Ukrainian official says
From CNN's Victoria Butenko in Kyiv and Josh Pennington
Russia attacked Kyiv with "kamikaze" drones on Monday morning, according to a top Ukrainian official, who repeated calls for Western allies to supply the country with more advanced air defense systems.
“The Russians think it will help them, but these actions smack of desperation,” Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian President's chief of staff, said in a statement. “We need more air defense as soon as possible. We have no time to delay. We need more weapons to protect the sky and destroy the enemy.”
In a separate Telegram message, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the “drone attack” caused a “fire in a non-residential building.”
“Firefighters are working. Some residential buildings have been damaged. Medics are on the site,” Klitschko said.
At least three explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital at around 6:45 a.m. local time on Monday as a result of apparent Russian strikes, according to CNN's team on the ground.