More than 80 drones launched by Russia were shot down by Ukrainian forces in first two days of 2023, Ukraine president says.

Russia is planning a protracted campaign of aerial bombardments and attacks using Iranian-made drones in a bid to “exhaust” Ukraine into submission, according to Ukrainian President

In his nightly address to the nation on Monday, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine had received intelligence that Russia would increase its campaign of drone raids on the country.

“We have information that Russia is planning a long-term attack using Shahed drones,” Zelenskyy said.

“It is probably banking on exhaustion. Exhausting our people, our anti-aircraft defences, our energy,” he said.

Ukraine, he said, had to “act and do everything so that the terrorists fail in their aim, as all their others have failed”. he added

Drones targeted critical infrastructure in Kyiv and surrounding areas in the early hours of Monday, following attacks by Russian missiles and drones

that hit Kyiv and other cities on New Year’s Eve and early on New Year’s Day, killing at least five people and wounding dozens.