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Updated November 25th, 2023 at 20:45 IST

Russia unleashes biggest drone attack against Kyiv since the start of the war in Ukraine

As the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war intensifies, Ukrainian authorities said that Moscow launched its largest drone attack against Kyiv since the start of the war.

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Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russia's President Vladimir Putin. | Image:AP
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As the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war intensifies, Ukrainian authorities said that Moscow launched its largest drone attack against Kyiv since the start of the war. As per the statement released by the Ukrainian Air Force, a total of nearly 75 drones were launched from two directions in the Primorsko-Akhtarsk and the Kursk region. The attacks were launched on Saturday morning and continued for the span of over six hours, CNN reported. The authorities also mentioned that the drones that were involved in the attack by the Russian authorities were the 75 Iranian-made Shahed drones.

“A total of nearly 75 Shahed drones were launched from two directions – Primorsko-Akhtarsk and the Kursk region, Russia. The primary target was the city of Kyiv,” said Ukraine’s Air Force in a Telegram post. In the statement, the authorities noted that the Ukrainian air defences had managed to intercept 71 of the Iranian-made drones that aimed to attack six regions across Ukraine. “Anti-aircraft missile troops, tactical aviation, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare units were involved in repelling the air attack,” the Air Force furthered. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military informer that the Kh-59 guided missile was also destroyed in the Dnipropetrovsk region, CNN reported.

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5 civilians wounded in Russia’s latest attack

Mykhailo Shamanov, a spokesman for the Kyiv city military administration said that the Saturday attack was the fourth one Moscow unleashed against Kyiv, this month, CNN reported. In the attack, Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said that at least five civilians were wounded in the hours-long assault. According to the mayor, the wounded included an 11-year-old child as well. Meanwhile, in the Solomiansky district, debris following the attack has managed to leave a crater in the courtyard of a residential area. Residents, most of them elderly, received medical attention at the scene. Others took shelter in a nearby subway station. As people were clearing up debris and broken glass in the neighbourhood, the hum of a fresh wave of drones could be heard nearby, the Associated Press reported. In a separate statement, Serhii Popko, the head of the Kyiv city military administration said that the barrage of drone attacks has led to an eruption of fire on the premises of a kindergarten after a drone was downed in the Solomianskyi district. While many claimed that the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has reached a ‘stalemate,’ the recent barrage of missile attacks gave a different picture. 

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Published November 25th, 2023 at 20:45 IST

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