Kyiv – The Ukrainian capital has suffered the largest drone attack since the Ukrainian capital began. Russian warLocal officials said as Kiev prepared to celebrate its National Day on Sunday. At least one person has died.
Russia launched its “most massive attack” against the city on Saturday night. Shahed drone made in IranKiev military official Serhiy Popko said. The attack lasted more than five hours and air defenses reportedly shot down more than 40 drones.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said a 41-year-old man died and a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized after a seven-story non-residential building caught fire after falling debris.
The Ukrainian Air Force announced another record number of Shahed cases on Saturday night. drone attack all over the country. Of the 54 drones launched, 52 were shot down by air defense systems.
In the northeastern province of Kharkiv, a 61-year-old woman and a 60-year-old man were killed in two separate shelling, local governor Ole Sinievbov said.
Kiev Day marks the official founding anniversary of Kiev. The day is usually celebrated with live concerts, street fairs, exhibitions and fireworks. This year, the city’s 1,541st anniversary, a scaled-down festival was planned.
Ukrainian officials said the timing of the drone strike was likely no coincidence.
“Ukrainian history has long been a source of frustration for anxious Russians,” Ukrainian chief of staff Andriy Yermak told Telegram.
“Today, the enemy has decided to ‘bless’ the Kiev people with the help of dangerous UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles),” Popko wrote in the messaging app.
Local officials in the Krasnodar region of southern Russia said several drones approaching the Irsky refinery were destroyed by air defense systems.
Drone attacks against Russian border regions have been a regular occurrence since the invasion began in February 2022, with attacks increasing in the last month. Earlier this month, a Krasnodar refinery was hit by drones for the second day in a row.
Ukraine’s air defenses, bolstered by sophisticated Western-supplied systems, are adept at thwarting Russian air attacks by both drones and aircraft missiles.
In early May, Ukraine prevented clashes. Russian air raids It attacked Kiev and shot down all the missiles aimed at the capital. The shelling also targeted all of Ukraine, including six of Russia’s Kinzhal aeroballistic hypersonic missiles, giving Russian President Vladimir Putin an important strategic competitive advantage. It was repeatedly touted as one of the most advanced weapons in the country’s arsenal.
Western sophisticated air defense systems, including US-made Patriot missiles, have saved Kiev from the destruction witnessed along its main fronts in the east and south of the country. While most of the ground fighting is bogged down along their lines, both sides are targeting other areas with long-range weapons.
Against the backdrop of Saturday night’s drone strikes, Russian Ambassador to Britain Andrei Kerin warned of the escalating situation in Ukraine. He told the BBC on Sunday that the country had “enormous resources” but had not yet “acted seriously”, adding that Western arms supplies to Ukraine would escalate the war to a “new dimension”. warned of the danger of He said the length of the conflict “depends on the efforts NATO countries, especially the UK, are making to escalate the war.”
Mr. Kellin’s comments, typical of Russian officials’ rhetoric about Moscow’s military strength, contradict regular reports from the battlefield that the Russian military is poorly equipped and trained.
Also on Sunday, the death toll from Friday’s missile attack on the central Ukraine city of Dnipro, capital of Dnipropetrovsk province, rose to four. Locality. Governor Serhiy Raisak said the deaths of three people believed to be missing have been confirmed. Thirty-two people, including two children, were injured in an attack on a building housing a psychology clinic and a veterinary hospital.
Elise Morton reports from London.
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