KYIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned Russia’s attack on the capital city with kamikaze drones, insisting Moscow “terrorizes the civilian population” as a residential building was hit. It’s the second week in a row central Kyiv has come under bombardment, and Kyiv officials quickly escalated appeals for Western air defense systems.
Residents in the capital could hear the distinctive noise of Iranian-made Shahed drones, now being deployed by Russia’s military, buzzing above them as they prepared to attack. U.S. and allied security officials have warned that Iran is preparing to send more of the weapons to boost Russia’s depleted stockpiles.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Ukrainian officials had not released any casualty data on Monday morning’s explosions in Kyiv, but said people were trapped under the rubble. Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the central Shevchenkivskyi district — the same location of last week’s barrage of attacks — had been struck at least four times.
- The E.U. Foreign Affairs Council is scheduled to meet Monday and discuss “Russian aggression against Ukraine.” The European Union should lead a tribunal to investigate alleged Russian war crimes, the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said in a statement. In March, the State Department said there was evidence that Russian troops had committed war crimes in Ukraine, though officials said it would be unlikely that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be tried while he remains in power.
- “All of Ukraine” is under attack, Zelensky said on Telegram Monday morning, adding that Russia’s military had been using kamikaze drones, as well as missiles, to target cities overnight. One strike appeared to target a power plant in downtown Kyiv — the latest in a flurry of attacks against civilian infrastructure — with drones diving towards a thermal station near the central train station where emergency workers had been standing.
- Damage to the Crimean Bridge is likely posing logistical issues for Russian forces occupying southern Ukraine, the U.K.’s Defense Ministry said in its latest update. Intelligence officials observed a “large queue of waiting cargo trucks” backed up near the crossing, which was open to some traffic.
- Zelensky urged his military to capture Russian-backed soldiers in hope of exchanging them for Ukrainian troops. “We remember our people detained in Russia. We must liberate them, and we must liberate them all, leaving none to the enemy,” he said in his nightly address Sunday. “But for this we need to capture the occupiers — as many as possible.” Kyiv and Moscow have traded hundreds of captors since the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion in February.
- Zelensky noted “extremely heavy fighting” in his country’s east and south. Ukrainian troops held Bakhmut and Soledar in the eastern battlefields; soldiers in Kherson were fighting drones and aircraft in the southern skies Sunday, Zelensky said. The Ukrainian military reported several shellings in the region over the weekend.
- Ukraine has sent about 8 million tons of food to countries since it resumed shipping in July, Zelensky said. He warned in his Sunday speech that problems with agricultural exports could lead to an international famine. In a U.N.-brokered deal this summer, Russia ended a blockade that was tying up Ukrainian exports in the Black Sea. Ukraine supplied 10 percent of the world’s grain last year, according to the United Nations.
- Elon Musk appears to have backpedaled on threats to cut funding to Starlink, the satellite internet service that for months has been providing vital communications for Ukraine’s military. The billionaire’s suggestion Friday that his company, SpaceX, may stop paying for the emergency network was met with a chorus of condemnation including from Ukrainian diplomats. Behind the scenes, the company has been in talks with the Pentagon about the program’s future financing.