Russia launches massive drone attack on Ukraine at night

Iranian kamikaze drones attack Ukraine

The aftermath of the Russia's kamikaze drone attack on the power grid in Kyiv, Ukraine, 19 December. Photo by Ukraine's Emeregency Service 

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Last night Russia’s massive drone attack targeted critical civilian infrastructure in several regions of Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv.

Ukrainian air defense downed 30 out of 35 Iranian-made kamikaze drones Shahed-131 and Shahed-136 that attacked Ukraine on 19 December, according to the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russia’s kamikaze drones damaged critical civilian infrastructure in Kyiv, the Mayor of Kyiv Vitalii Klitschko reported. Iranian-made kamikaze drones of Russian forces hit Solomiyanskyy and Shevchenkivskyy neighborhoods in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv in the middle of the night. No casualties, according to Klitschko.

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Although the Ukrainian air defense downed 18 out of 23 kamikaze drones that attacked Kyiv at night, the drone strikes damaged the power grid in Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast, head of Kyiv State Military Administration Serhii Popko reports.

Russia keeps using long-range missiles and Iranian-made kamikaze drones to target the energy system in Ukraine. Each Russian attack on critical civilian infrastructure causes severe damage to the energy system of Ukraine, cutting millions of people off from electricity, heating, and water supply during the cold winter.

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