Russian forces launched a wave of drone assaults on Ukraine’s capital earlier than daybreak on Sunday for the primary time in almost two weeks, in keeping with Ukrainian officers.
Air-raid alarms sounded round 2:30 a.m. within the capital, Kyiv. Explosions have been later reported.
Serhiy Popko, the pinnacle of the town’s army administration, mentioned that air defenses had destroyed all the drones in Kyiv’s airspace. It was the primary time in 12 days that Russian forces had used Iranian-made assault drones to focus on the capital, he mentioned in an announcement on the Telegram messaging app.
Nobody was killed, however particles from downed drones broken three houses within the Kyiv area, in keeping with the native army administration in an announcement on Telegram. A person suffered a leg harm in a kind of houses, it added.
The Ukrainian Air Drive mentioned that Russia had launched a complete of eight Iranian-made Shahed-136 assault drones and three cruise missiles at targets throughout the nation in a single day, all of which have been destroyed.
Russia has repeatedly launched in a single day drone assaults on Kyiv since its full-scale invasion started in February 2022. Ukraine’s advanced air-defense community has grow to be more and more adept at intercepting Russian assaults, typically capturing down the vast majority of the drones.
The in a single day drone assault got here as Ukraine’s army reported “heavy combating” on the entrance traces within the east, one of many areas the place Kyiv’s forces are waging a grueling counteroffensive to claw again territory captured by Russia.
The Ukrainian army additionally mentioned on Sunday that “intense fight” was underway close to the Antonovsky Bridge within the southern area of Kherson. Natalia Humeniuk, the spokeswoman for the Ukrainian army’s southern command, described the combating as primarily “counter-battery warfare” — or an try to take out Russian firing positions.
In November, Russian forces retreated from the town of Kherson, on the western financial institution of the Dnipro River, and withdrew to the alternative aspect. Since then, from new positions in small cities and marshy areas alongside the jap financial institution, they’ve been relentlessly shelling Kherson and close by cities.
The Ukrainian regional army administration for Kherson mentioned on Sunday that Russian forces had launched 86 strikes on the town over the previous day, wounding 5 folks, together with three kids. The main points couldn’t be independently verified.
Navy analysts have mentioned that combating close to the Antonovsky Bridge — which was a strategic transport hyperlink from the town of Kherson throughout the Dnipro River earlier than the bridge was destroyed by retreating Russian forces — has intensified this previous week. Russian army bloggers have advised that Kyiv’s troops may be attempting to ascertain a foothold on the river’s east financial institution.
On Saturday, Britain’s protection intelligence company mentioned that Ukrainian forces had “virtually definitely” been transferring personnel to the east financial institution of the river. And Russia’s Protection Ministry claimed that it had “neutralized” a bunch of Ukrainian troopers attempting to land boats on a river island.
The claims couldn’t be independently verified, however native residents and Russian army bloggers mentioned this previous week that boats carrying Ukrainian troopers had been noticed across the bridge and that Ukrainian forces gave the impression to be seizing extra of the river islands and swampy banks across the metropolis of Kherson, in a attainable enlargement of Kyiv’s counteroffensive.