Ukraine shoots down 15 Russian drones heading to kyiv

The night attack appeared for three hours and left no damage or casualties. Russia also said it had neutralized a strike with six drones in the Kaluga region near Moscow.

Ukraine’s air defense reported on Thursday the destruction of about 15 Russian drones heading to Kyiv. According to the head of the capital’s military administration, Sergiy Popko, Ukrainian forces “detected and destroyed about 15 air targets” approaching Kyiv. The official added that they were Iranian-made “Shahed” explosive drones.

“According to the information available so far, there were no casualties or damage in the capital,” added Popko, who detailed that the air alert, the number 820 in Kyiv since the large-scale Russian invasion began in February 2022, lasted for about three hours. Already the night before, the Ukrainian armed forces said they had shot down more than a dozen drones in the sky of the capital.

The military administration of Ukraine’s main city had issued an overnight alert for residents to remain in shelters as a new attack was imminent. Russian invaders have used Iranian-made Shahed drones to attack Ukraine numerous times since the start of the offensive.

Six drones in Kaluga

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to have shot down six drones in the Kaluga region, on the border with Moscow, whose objective, of course, would have been the capital. “The unmanned devices were destroyed by means of anti-aircraft defense,” details the note, which ensures that there were no victims or material damage in what it describes as an “attempted terrorist attack in Kyiv.”

Kaluga Governor Viacheslav Chapsa had earlier reported that “six drones trying to cross the Kaluga region were shot down by anti-aircraft defense systems.” On Tuesday, Russia claimed to have neutralized a drone attack in Moscow but admitted that one of them had hit a building in the capital, which had already been the target of a similar attack days earlier.