KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine fought off a swarm of drones over central Kyiv on Wednesday, shooting down more than a dozen, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky. Ukraine’s military identified the drones as Iranian-made.
“We are constantly strengthening our air defense and anti-drone defense,” Zelensky said in a nightly address. “And we are doing everything to get more modern and more powerful systems for Ukraine.”
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Ukraine could get “smart bomb” conversion kits. The advanced electronic equipment converts unguided aerial munitions into “smart bombs” that can target Russian military positions with a high degree of accuracy, according to senior U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
It was not immediately clear whether the Biden administration has approved the proposed transfer to Ukraine. “Those familiar with matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations, did not say whether Ukrainian forces would employ the kits on aircraft or ground-based weapons, or what specific systems in Ukraine’s arsenal would be candidates for such augmentation,” Dan Lamothe writes.
Shelters, backpacks and FM radios: Kyiv prepares for nuclear war. Ominous references by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he is prepared to use “all necessary means” to win in Ukraine, and chatter on Russian TV talk shows advocating the use of nuclear weapons, have led residents of Kyiv to consider a once-unthinkable possibility: that their city could be targeted by a nuclear bomb.
They are preparing with survival backpacks and basement bunkers, write Liz Sly and Kostiantyn Khudov, and the government has issued detailed advice on steps to take to survive a blast.
Ables reported from Seoul, Bisset from London and Parker from Washington. Rick Noack in Paris and Dan Lamothe, Matt Viser and John Hudson in Washington contributed to this report.