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Russian air attack kills four, injures eight as Ukraine downs 9/10 Russian drones, 1/5 missiles (updated)

Russian air attack overnight used drones and missiles; Ukrainian defenses intercepted 9/10 drones and 1/5 missiles, but 4 missiles caused damage hitting Donetsk Oblast hospital and coal mine, killing at least one, injuring six. The morning shelling killed 1 person in Kharkiv Oblast.
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Iranian-made Shahed-136 one-way attack drone used by Russia against Ukraine. Illustrative photo: Facebook/IPNA via Suspilne.
Russian air attack kills four, injures eight as Ukraine downs 9/10 Russian drones, 1/5 missiles (updated)

Overnight into 21 November, the Russian forces attacked Ukraine with missiles and Shahed-series attack drones. The air raid alerts lasted for several hours until the last Shaheds were downed at about 2:30 in northwestern Ukraine’s Volyn Oblast.

The Ukrainian Air Force reports that the Russians launched 10 Shahed-type UAVs from the southeast, namely Russia’s Primorsko-Akhtarsk. Additionally, they fired four S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles targeting the Donetsk direction, and one Iskander-K ground-launched cruise missile from the Dzhankoi area in occupied Crimea.

The Air Force says Ukrainian air defenders destroyed nine enemy Shahed-131/136 drones and one Iskander-K cruise missile.

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Klymenko says the Russian missile attack on Donetsk Oblast hit a hospital and a mine. Six civilians were injured when two missiles hit the territory of a hospital in Selydove, and there might still be people under the rubble. Two more rockets were fired at a mine, killing a worker. 39 miners have been rescued from the mine, according to Klymenko, public broadcaster Suspilne reported.

Meanwhile, in the morning, Russians shelled Kozacha Lopan in Kharkiv Oblast, killing a local man. A fire broke out in one of the houses. While extinguishing the fire, rescuers found the body of a 29-year-old man, said Vyacheslav Zadorenko, head of the Dergachi Military Administration. Village head Vakulenko told Suspilne the man was killed by a shell fragment while sleeping.


The Donetsk Regional Prosecutor’s Office says the missile attack on Donetsk Oblast killed two and injured eight civilians.

“On 20 November 2023, at 23:35, the Russian army attacked the city of Selydove, allegedly from the S-300 missile system. The target was the city hospital, where people were being treated. As a result of the shelling, eight citizens sustained concussions and shrapnel wounds, and one was killed. The enemy missiles also hit an enterprise located on the territory of Novohrodivka territorial community. A 63-year-old worker who was on one of the premises died from his injuries,” the investigators wrote.

Update 22 November 2023:

The Police say the death toll from Russia’s Nov 21 missile attack on Donetsk’s Selidove hospital has risen to three, as rescuers recovered another body from the rubble. Emergency and rescue operations have been completed.

In total, the attack claimed four lives in two locations.

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