After the alarms went off in Kiev for the largest Russian drone attack Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine said on Sunday that it had rejected such an attack “almost in its entirety”: 52 of the 54 drones were destroyedhe said in a statement. At least the attack went away two dead and three wounded.
“In total there was a record number of explosive drones launched – 54!” the Ukrainian Air Force said via Telegram, claiming it had “destroyed 52”. Of the total, about 40 were launched in Kievhe communicated.
“This is the largest drone attack on the capital since the invasion began” 15 months ago, Kyiv’s provincial military administration said on Telegram.
A total of 54 explosive drones were dropped in the attack on Saturday night “from the (Russian) regions of Bryansk and Krasnodar“, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, which celebrated intercepting 52 of them.
“The attack took place in several waves, e the air alert lasted more than 5 hours”, confirmed the military authorities located north of the capital.
According to the regional administration, “after the destruction of” Russian drones “,debris fell into a building seven-story building” in the Golosivski district, where one person was killed and another was injured.
A fire also broke out in an area of a warehouse, spreading flames over 1,000m2, which injured another man, according to the same source.
In the Solomianski district, a 41-year-old man died and a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
The official described this new Russian attack as “massive” and “from multiple directions at once,” he said AFP news agency.
The attack perpetrated against Kiev was the fourteenth carried out with drones, since the beginning of May, according to the authorities. An unprecedented scale.
The use of remotely piloted drones in the conflict zone is becoming increasingly common on the Ukrainian front.
However, Ukraine’s air defenses, backed by sophisticated systems supplied by the West, have managed to counter Russian airstrikes with both drones and aircraft-launched missiles.
Russian territory is also targeted
In recent weeks, Russian territory has also been the target of a series of such attacks, as well as sabotage, as Kiev says it is finalizing its preparations. to launch a counteroffensive and take back all the territories occupied by Moscow, including the Crimea peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.
On Saturday, two Ukrainian drones damaged a building from which an oil pipeline is operated in the Pskov region of western Russia, according to Governor Mikhail Vedernikov.
Baza, a Russian media outlet with sources in the intelligence services, also reported a drone attack on another oil station in the Tver region northwest of Moscow.
Russia accuses Kiev – and its Western allies – of being behind these attacks; while Ukraine denies any involvement.
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