Kamikaze drones hit Zaporizhzhia, and rockets hit Kiev, Ukrainian officials say


Ukrainian officials say the southern city of Zaporizhzhia came under attack again early Saturday in a kamikaze drone and missile attack.

The city was hit by “10 or more” C300 missiles on Saturday morning, after four attacks by “kamikaze” drones overnight, said Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration.

“As a result of the Shahed-136 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) attack, infrastructure facilities in the city of Zaporizhzhia were destroyed. Fires broke out, which our rescuers contained in time. There are no casualties,” said Starukh.

Zaporizhzhia’s acting mayor, Anatoliy Kurtev, also reported what he called a “sly attack on Zaporizhzhia with kamikaze drones” in a Telegram post.

Kamikaze drones or suicide drones are a type of aerial weapon system. They are known as lag munitions because they are able to wait for some time in an area identified as a potential target and only strike after identifying an enemy asset.

Ukraine’s military and US intelligence say Russia is using Iran-made attack drones in Ukraine.

U.S. officials told CNN in July that Iran began demonstrating Shahed series drones to Russia last month at Kashan Airfield south of Tehran.

The drones are capable of carrying precision-guided missiles and have a payload of approximately 50 kilograms (110 pounds).

The city of Zaporizhzhia is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and bombings in the area have raised fears of a nuclear disaster.

The apparent attacks on the city came as Ukrainian officials said the capital Kyiv had been hit by an apparent Russian rocket.

Civilians in and around the capital Kyiv were warned to remain in shelters until the air raid sirens stopped.

“All services are working, rescue teams are there,” Oleksiy Kuleba, head of Kyiv region state administration, said in a Telegram message.

“Stay in your shelters until the air raid sirens stop. Do not record the scene and do not post photos and videos on social networks.

Kuleba said that there were no victims.