Explosions were heard in Kyiv early Monday morning, as the Ukrainian capital has repeatedly been attacked by Russia through airstrikes.
Kyiv city mayor Vitaliy Klichko announced that the attacks hit the Shevchenko district and urged residents to take shelter. Black smoke and fire was seen near the apparent strike, but it’s unclear if there were any casualties.
The explosion sounds were reportedly heard in the same Kyiv district where a missile recently destroyed a children’s playground.
Russian forces have attacked Kyiv consistently with so-called “kamikaze” drones. The Shahed-136 drones, which are manufactured in Iran, have been used by Russia to target vital energy infrastructure and urban centers.
A recent report by the Institute for the Study of War theorized that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops may have traveled to Russian-held territories to help train Russian troops.
The use of Shahed-136 drones ramped up after the Russo-Ukrainian War escalated through Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
Over the weekend, there was intense fighting around the cities of Bakhmut and Soledar in the Donetsk region, as well as the Luhansk region, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Donetsk region’s Russian-backed government claimed on Sunday that its central administrative building was directly hit by Ukraine, but did not report casualties.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.