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    Russia Presses its Ukraine Strategy, Fires 40 Drones at Kyiv

    Russia Presses its Ukraine Strategy, Fires 40 Drones at Kyiv

    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — deployed multiple exploding drones in another nighttime attack on Ukraine, officials said Monday, as the Kremlin signaled no letup in its strategy of using bombardments to target civilian infrastructure and wear down Ukrainian resistance to its invasion.

    The barrage was the latest in a series of relentless year-end attacks, including one that killed three civilians on Year's Eve.

    Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said Monday that 40 drones “headed for Kyiv” overnight. All of them were destroyed, according to air defense forces.

    Klitschko said 22 drones were destroyed over Kyiv, three in the outlying Kyiv region and 15 over neighboring provinces.

    Energy infrastructure facilities were damaged as the result of the attack and an explosion occurred in one district, the mayor said. It wasn't immediately clear whether that was caused by drones or other munitions. A wounded 19-year-old man was hospitalized, Klitschko added, and emergency outages were underway in the capital.

    In the outlying Kyiv region a “critical infrastructure object” and residential buildings were hit, Gov. Oleksiy Kuleba said.

    Russia has carried out airstrikes on Ukrainian power and water supplies almost weekly since October.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of “energy terrorism” as the aerial bombardments have left many people without heat amid freezing temperatures….

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