| 2 December 2023, Saturday |

Evacuations in Kyiv after new drone assault

In the early hours of Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities carried out the evacuation of residents from a high-rise residential building in Kyiv. The evacuation was prompted by the damage inflicted on the building during the most recent drone attack by Russia on the Ukrainian capital.
Falling debris sparked a fire in the building, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

He added that at least one person was killed due to the fire in the district. Twenty people were evacuated, with an elderly woman hospitalized, Klitschko added.

“Massive attack! Stay indoors!” the mayor said.

Kyiv’s military administration said air defense forces destroyed over 29 out of 31 drones in the attacks.

Serhiy Popko, the head of Kyiv’s military administration, said the attack was conducted using Iranian-made Shahed drones alone.

Falling debris sparked fires also in the capital’s southern Darnytskyi district and central Pechersky district, the mayor said.

Russia had fired a barrage of missiles at the Ukrainian capital on Monday in an unusual daytime attack. Russian forces often attack Kyiv overnight.
Russia has handed out 1.5 million passports in territories it controls in Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

He referred to the parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions that are under Russian control. Moscow has claimed to have annexed the four regions, despite not controlling them fully.

The combined prewar population of the four regions was estimated at approximately 8.9 million, but millions of Ukrainians have been displaced by the war, with many fleeing to other parts of the country or abroad.

The EU has said it will not recognize Russian passports issued by Moscow in the “illegally-occupied” regions of Ukraine.

Russia puts Ukraine’s top general on wanted list
Russia’s Interior Ministry has put Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, on a “wanted list”, the state-run RIA news agency said.

The article he is wanted under has not been specified, RIA reported, citing the ministry’s wanted person database.

Earlier this week, Russia’s interior ministry has put US Senator Lindsey Graham on a wanted list.

  • DW