The Russian military launched a Shahed, an Iranian kamikaze drone, into a 2-story residential building in Ukraine’s Sumy region, making a 40-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman among some of 2024’s first confirmed civilian deaths in Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine – which is approaching its second bloody anniversary.

A woman was also taken to the hospital for injuries resulting from the approximately 3 p.m. attack in the small urban settlement of Esman.

Rescue workers were still digging through the rubble Monday evening, attempting to find others that may have been trapped under rubble, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs wrote on Facebook.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine stated in a Telegram post that it was opening criminal proceedings against the Kremlin, for the latest “violations of the laws and customs of war.”


Kyiv reported that the Russians fired nine times in the Sumy region over the previous night and that 31 explosions were recorded. In the Sumy region, the Myropillia, Bilopillia, Nova Sloboda, Seredyna-Buda, Esman, Znob-Novhorodske and Svesa communities came under shelling.

The attack on Sumy follows a massive attack by Russia on Ukrainian cities over New Year’s Eve, where the Ukrainian military reported shooting down 87 Shaheds.

Ukraine marked Jan. 1 as a day of mourning, following another massive bombardment on Friday, Dec. 29 of Ukrainian military and civilian targets that resulted in at least 39 deaths and 159 injuries.

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