The Ukrainian air force announced on the Telegram messaging app that their air defenses were engaged in most regions of Ukraine. They reported the destruction of over two dozen Shahed drones, emphasizing that the main target was the Kyiv region.
Russia Conducts Overnight Air Strikes on Kyiv and Other Ukrainian Cities
In a series of overnight air strikes, Russia targeted military installations and critical infrastructure in various Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv and Lviv, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukrainian forces reported successfully shooting down 32 out of 35 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched from the Bryansk region in Russia and the Azov Sea.
However, one significant facility in Lviv, located far from the front lines and approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the NATO member Poland’s border, was struck. Regional governor Maksym Kozytskiy provided no further details about the targeted facility.
As of now, there have been no reports of casualties resulting from the overnight air strikes, which mark the latest aggression by Moscow in response to Kyiv’s counteroffensive. Ukrainian authorities claim to have recaptured 113 square kilometers (44 square miles) of land from Russian forces.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office stated that the drones attacked the Kyiv region in multiple waves, leading to an air alert lasting over four hours. Several commercial and administrative buildings, as well as some private residences, were damaged.
The Energy Ministry reported that falling drone debris damaged electricity lines in the Kyiv and Mykolaiv regions, resulting in power outages for hundreds of residents.
Air force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat acknowledged the difficulty of providing comprehensive air defense coverage for a country as vast as Ukraine during a radio interview. He emphasized the challenge of countering the drone attacks effectively.
In addition to the drone strikes, Russia targeted the southeastern industrial city of Zaporizhzhia with Iskander and S-300 missiles.
The head of the military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, Yuriy Malashko, reported that telecommunication infrastructure, agriculture, and farming properties were among the areas targeted. Ukraine’s military indicated that preliminary information suggested Russia had launched seven missiles at Zaporizhzhia.
The prosecutor’s office confirmed that a 70-year-old woman lost her life, and three others were wounded during a Russian artillery attack on the Sumy region in the northeast on Monday.
Independent verification of these reports by Reuters is currently unavailable, and there has been no immediate comment from Russia regarding the airstrikes.