Civilians were “running” and “screaming” amid deadly drone attacks launched by Russia across Kyiv early Monday, according to an eyewitness at the scene.
Vitalii, a man in his 20s, told CNN he was at a train station when the deadly strikes hit the Ukrainian capital. He declined to give CNN his last name for security reasons.
Vitalii said he saw “Shahed” drones flying overhead – the name given to Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones that Kyiv and US intelligence say Moscow is using in its military assault on Ukraine.
“We were at the station (during the attack), we have just arrived. We just got off the train and saw this Shahed flying above us. We saw a flash and an explosion,” he said.
“We went to the basement, and when we came out we saw a second shot there, where there is smoke now. We had been in the basement for about two hours, then there was another explosion. When it was quiet, we took a taxi and left.
“People first started coming out of the basement. Afterwards, when there was another explosion, everyone went back to the basement. People were running, shouting. It was panic. People were scared because they didn’t understand what was going on.
He added: “We saw the explanation on the internet of how it (‘Shahed’) works, it buzzes. We have heard it, seen it. He flew right above us – a triangle. And it exploded. »
Anna works at a local cafe near the scene of the attack. She declined to give CNN her last name for security reasons.
“I learned about the attack on the news. At first I decided not to go to work, so I didn’t arrive until around 10:30 a.m. (local time),” she told CNN.
“It was scary, but not as scary as when the war started. In other words, we are sort of used to it.
“I had a feeling this morning that something was going to happen, because I was here last Monday, I saw what happened. Thank God I wasn’t there when it all happened. past.
“Last week we didn’t work because of this situation because we were afraid of further attacks. Now I’m really starting to wonder if it’s safe,” she added,
“I’m scared, but it’s hard to believe it (drone or rocket) can fly here.”