Kyiv residents were forced to scramble for shelter again Thursday evening. Ukrainian forces downed at least one Russian drone in Kyiv and had to shoot down one of their own drones as well after it likely malfunctioned, the air force said on social media. Earlier in the day, the United Nations in Ukraine said it was “appalled and saddened” by the recent series of strikes, which have left dozens of civilians across the country dead and injured.
The bombardment comes as Moscow vows retaliation for what it alleges was a drone attack at the Kremlin this week targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s residence. Russia accused Ukraine and the United States of involvement, which both countries have strongly denied. Putin will head a meeting of Russia’s security council on Friday, which may include discussion of the incident, state news agency Tass reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Russian officials insist they have the right to retaliate, stoking fears in Ukraine that Russia could use the situation as a pretext for escalating its war. Jennifer Hassan and Mary Ilyushina break down how drones are functioning in the war in Ukraine, and what we know so far about Russia’s claims, Kyiv’s response and how military experts are making sense of the incident.
Meaghan Tobin contributed to this report.