Oleksi Kuleba, the governor of Kyiv region, said that preliminary information suggests that the attack was carried out by a ‘kamikaze drone’ made by Iran.
The drone strikes also damaged many important and sensitive facilities, said Kirill Tymoshenko, deputy head of Zelensky’s office.
The governor of Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentin Reznyshenko, said in a telegram that more than 30 high-rise and civilian buildings, gas pipelines and power lines were hit by missiles in the city of Nikopol. More than two thousand families are without electricity.
Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of these comments.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the missile attack was a sign of Russia’s weakness.
“Russia is basically losing the battlefield,” he said.
After the withdrawal of Russian troops from large swaths of Ukraine in September, Putin has made the situation more alarming by calling up hundreds of thousands of troops from reserves, annexing occupied Ukrainian territories and threatening to use nuclear weapons if necessary to protect Russian territory.
But on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said he was skeptical of Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons.
And a senior Nato official said a Russian nuclear strike could ensure a ‘direct presence’ in the war for allies and possibly Nato.