Officials claim: Kyiv foils big Russian drone attack

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.10 - 2023 7:17 AM CET

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Kyiv faced an intense drone attack early on Sunday. The city's defenses proved robust, intercepting the majority of the aerial threats. Residents were alerted by air raid sirens, urging them to seek shelter. No casualties were reported from this incident.

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As reported by BBC News, the aftermath of the attack saw debris scattered across several districts of the city. The Kyiv Military Administration's head, Serhiy Popko, confirmed that the debris had ignited a fire in a residential building. However, the flames were promptly put out. This isn't the first time Kyiv has been targeted by drones; the city has faced similar threats in the past.

The districts affected by the debris were identified as Podilskyi, Sviatoshynskyi, and Shevchenkivskyi. These areas are located in or near the heart of the city. Kyiv's air defense system has consistently demonstrated its capability to neutralize most of the Russian drones and missiles aimed at the city.

On this particular day, Popko revealed that approximately 20 Iranian-made Shahed attack drones were shot down. These drones had approached Kyiv in groups from various directions. While most of the debris landed on open spaces, some did cause damage to vehicles and trolleybus cables.

In a related development, Russia claimed to have neutralized eight drones launched by Ukraine over the Black Sea, in the vicinity of the Crimean Peninsula. It's worth noting that the Crimean Peninsula has been under Russian occupation since 2014. Drones, also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have reportedly ventured deep into Russian territory from Ukraine in the past.

Some even reached the Moscow region, with a few targeting planes at a military airbase in Pskov. Ukrainian officials, however, have typically refrained from either confirming or denying their involvement in such operations.

Further escalating the situation, Russia's defense ministry reported that its naval aircraft had destroyed three Ukrainian military speedboats near Crimea. These US-made boats, which were transporting marines, were allegedly struck north-east of Snake Island. This claim follows a recent Russian assertion of having destroyed four Ukrainian speedboats off the Crimean coast.