Ukrainian Military Reports Russia’s Most Intense Drone Strike Since Invasion Began

by Chloe Baker
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Ukrainian Military Reports Russia’s Most Intense Drone Strike Since Invasion Began

On Saturday morning, Russia escalated its military aggression against Ukraine with what is reported to be the most severe drone offensive since the onset of the 2022 invasion. According to Ukrainian military officials, the assault predominantly focused on the nation’s capital.

Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk, via his Telegram channel, identified Kyiv as the primary target of this attack.

The Ukrainian armed forces disclosed that approximately 75 Shahed drones, originating from Iran, were deployed in this operation. Remarkably, the Ukrainian air defense systems successfully intercepted and destroyed 71 of these drones.

“This was the largest scale drone-based aerial attack on Kyiv,” stated Serhii Popko, leader of the Kyiv city administration. He highlighted the successful downing of over 60 aerial threats by the city’s air defense throughout the morning.

The offensive commenced at 4 a.m. local time and extended for more than six hours, resulting in significant disruptions, including power outages affecting 77 residential buildings and 120 other facilities, as reported by Popko.

The drone strikes also inflicted harm on civilian areas. Notably, a kindergarten was among the damaged structures. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko confirmed that the drone strikes resulted in injuries to at least five civilians, including an 11-year-old child.

In a Telegram post, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged that while most drones were neutralized, some did breach their defenses. He emphasized ongoing efforts to fortify the nation’s air defense capabilities.

The attacks were not confined to Kyiv, with regions such as Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kirovohrad also being targeted.

Notably, this attack coincided with Holodomor Memorial Day, a day commemorating the devastating man-made famine that afflicted Soviet Ukraine between 1932 and 1933, leading to the deaths of millions of Ukrainians. This day of remembrance falls on the fourth Saturday of November each year.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ukraine drone attack

What was the scale and impact of the recent drone attack by Russia on Ukraine?

Russia launched its most intense drone attack on Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion in 2022, predominantly targeting Kyiv. Approximately 75 Iranian-made Shahed drones were used, with Ukraine’s air defense successfully destroying 71. The attack caused power outages in numerous buildings and injured at least five civilians, including damage to civilian infrastructure like a kindergarten.

Which areas in Ukraine were targeted in the recent Russian drone attack?

In addition to the capital, Kyiv, the Russian drone attack targeted several other regions including Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kirovohrad. Kyiv, being the main focus, experienced the most significant impact with substantial disruptions and civilian casualties.

How did Ukrainian officials respond to the drone attack?

Ukrainian military officials and leaders, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, reported the downing of most drones and acknowledged the damage and civilian injuries caused. Efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense were emphasized as an ongoing priority in response to such attacks.

What is the significance of the date on which the drone attack occurred?

The drone attack coincided with Holodomor Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, which resulted in millions of deaths. This poignant timing adds a layer of historical significance to the attack, occurring on a day dedicated to remembering one of Ukraine’s most tragic periods.

More about Ukraine drone attack

  • Ukraine’s Defense Against Drone Strikes
  • Kyiv’s Response to Russian Drone Attack
  • Historical Context of Holodomor Memorial Day
  • Civilian Impact of Drone Attacks in Ukraine
  • Overview of Russia-Ukraine Conflict Developments

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Greg H November 25, 2023 - 6:18 pm

heard about the air defense shooting down most drones, that’s some serious skill right there. Ukraines military is doing a heck of a job under such pressure.

Mike Johnson November 26, 2023 - 6:38 am

wow, just read about the drone attacks in kyiv, its terrifying to think about those poor people, especially the kids getting hurt..

Sarah K November 26, 2023 - 7:17 am

This is heartbraking. Can’t believe it’s happening in our times. Why can’t the world do more to help Ukraine??

John Smith November 26, 2023 - 8:49 am

Kinda makes you think, what if it was our city getting bombed like that, we need to support Ukraine more. people need to wake up to this.


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