Overnight the Ukrainian capital was hit with the “biggest drone attack of Ukraine war so far” as 75 Iranian kamikaze Shahed drones were fired by Russian forces.
Officials in Kyiv said at least 40 of the fleet of drones were shot down and explosions were heard across the capital.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said nearly 75 drones were involved in the attack and at least 40 were downed causing damage in the city by falling debris.
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Residents in the city heard warning sirens saying, “A large number of enemy UAVs are entering Kyiv from different directions! We urge you to stay in shelters until the alarm goes off!”
The Ukrainian Air Force said that there was a “record number” of the kamikaze Shahed drones sent to attack Kyiv.
A post read on Telegram, “A total of nearly 75 Shahed drones were launched from two directions – Primorsko-Akhtarsk and the Kursk region, Russia.
Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said, “The primary target was the city of Kyiv.
“Anti-aircraft missile troops, tactical aviation, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare units were involved in repelling the air attack.”
“Our soldiers shot down most of the drones. Unfortunately, not all,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Telegram. “But we continue to work to strengthen our air defense and shoot down more,” he said.