Ukraine war: Kyiv reports increase in drone attacks launched by Moscow as rescue workers killed

Two rescue workers killed in two-stage Russian bombing

Ukraine has announced the death of two rescuer workers in a two-stage Russian bombing in the southeastern region of Zaporizhia. It’s a rare example of the technique infrequently used in conflicts.

In Komychouvaka, “the first two shots injured four residents of the region and a residential building caught fire,” Ukrainian police said in a statement.

“When the police and rescuers arrived at the scene, the military of the terrorist country fired again,” according to the police account. “Two state emergency service workers were killed and three other colleagues were injured to varying degrees.”

‘Double taps’ are two-stage bombings a few minutes apart which target relief efforts. They are relatively rare in Ukraine.

Kyiv reports highest number of Russian drone attacks in six weeks

Ukraine has reported an increase in night time drone attacks launched by Russia, accusing it of firing 38 into its territory - the highest number in more than six weeks.

Ukraine's air force said it shot down 29 of 38 Iranian-made Shahed drones - also called "kamikaze drones" because they are packed with explosives intended to explode when they hit their target - apparently fired by Russia.

According to Kyiv, this is the largest number of drones launched by Russia during a night attack on 30 September.

An energy facility was hit in the southern Odessa region and the resulting fire was quickly extinguished, Ukraine's emergency services said.

The Ukrainian General Staff also confirmed that its forces “continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnieper River”.

For more than a year, Ukrainian and Russian forces have been entrenched on either side of the vast river in the southern region of Kherson, after Russia withdrew its troops from the western bank last November .

Ukrainian forces have repeatedly attempted to cross and hold their positions on the Russian-controlled side, with Kiev officials finally reporting a "successful" breakthrough last week.

“Our defenders are consolidating their positions and firing on the occupiers,” the General Staff said during a Saturday morning briefing.

The Russian Defence Ministry also said it had shot down a Ukrainian drone over the Bryansk border region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday he expects Russia to step up attacks on Ukraine's energy system, aiming to cripple the country's heat and electricity supplies during the cold months of Winter. Russia is stockpiling missiles for these attacks, he claimed.

Last winter, Russian strikes left millions of Ukrainians without power for hours in subzero temperatures.

Kyiv and Moscow have used attack and reconnaissance drones extensively throughout the 21-month war.