Russia unleashed its largest drone strike against Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, since the beginning of its invasion on Saturday, according to local officials.
A total of roughly 75 Shahed drones were fired from the Kursk region of Russia and Primorsko-Akhtarsk. The attack was carried out by a “record number” of drones, according to a Telegram message by the Ukrainian Air Force. The city of Kyiv was the main objective.
According to the report, air defenses in six different regions of Ukraine caught 71 Iranian-made drones; nevertheless, the bulk of the drones were intercepted in the Kyiv region.
The Air Force reported that mobile fire groups, electronic warfare units, tactical aviation, and anti-aircraft missile personnel were all involved in thwarting the air strike. It further stated that in the Dnipropetrovsk area, a Kh-59 guided missile was also destroyed.
A representative for the military administration of Kyiv city, Mykhailo Shamanov, detailed many waves of drones approaching the capital from various angles.
Drones hovered overhead, and a CNN producer in Kyiv heard loud blasts and repeated booms. The military government of the city issued a warning to the populace to seek shelter, stating: “Many hostile unmanned aerial vehicles are invading Kyiv from many angles! We strongly advise you to remain in shelters until the warning sounds!
Shamanov claims that this was the fourth drone strike on Kyiv this month. The Solomianskyi neighborhood of Kyiv had at least two injuries, according to city mayor Vitalii Klitschko.
According to Klitschko, there were multiple fires in the Solomianskyi district, including in an apartment complex and other non-residential buildings.
He continued by saying that debris from downed drones fell on two residential buildings, one in the Dniprovskyi district and the other in the Holosiivskyi area, causing damage to the second floor of a five-story structure in the Solomianskyi district.
The chief of the military administration in Kyiv, Serhii Popko, stated in a separate statement that a kindergarten had experienced a fire on its property following the downing of a drone in the Solomianskyi area.
According to the nation’s energy ministry, the recent attack on Kyiv severed power to an overhead line, knocking out power to 120 businesses and 77 residential structures in the city center.
Russia Attacked Ukraine’s Electricity Infrastructure
Later on Saturday, the Ukrainian energy firm DTEK declared that all inhabitants of Kyiv had their power back. Russia attacked Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure with missiles and drones over the course of the previous winter.
The western Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi has become a frequent target of attacks since the region’s infrastructure, particularly its nuclear power plant, is damaged by the shockwaves from explosions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that strong explosions near the Khmelnytskyi Nuclear Power Plant last month caused shockwaves that broke windows and momentarily shut off power to certain off-site radiation monitoring stations. Two drones that were shot down near the site were also reported to IAEA experts at the plant.
The incident, according to the IAEA, brought attention to the risks to nuclear security and safety during the current military war once more.
Despite ongoing worries about the nation’s energy supply for the upcoming winter, DTEK has been working to improve output, strengthen defenses at its facilities, and restore infrastructure during the past seven months.
Maxim Timchenko, the chief executive of DTEK, told CNN earlier this month that we installed fortifications around power plants, purchased backup equipment, and recovered what could be repaired.
Vadym Skibitsky, deputy chief of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, believes that it will be more difficult for Russia to launch an attack on the nation’s electricity grid this time.
In addition, residents have been getting ready in case the electrical grid collapses. Demand for off-grid solutions has increased significantly, according to a national energy storage system installer, while organizations and companies purchase secondary batteries and generators.