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Ukraine downs 31 of 34 Russian drones overnight

Russian double attack on Kharkiv in the early hours of 23 March injured a 19-year-old man & rescuers, law enforcement officers who were working on the scene of the 1st attack.
Ukraine's SES
Ukrainian rescuers suffered from Russian attack while working on the scene of the previous Russian attack in Kharkiv, 23 March 2024. Credit: Ukraine’s SES
Ukraine downs 31 of 34 Russian drones overnight

Russia attacked Ukraine overnight into 23 March with four S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles and 34 Shahed attack UAVs, launched from Kursk Oblast, Russia, and Cape Chauda, Russia-occupied Crimea.

According to Ukraine’s military, the guided missles were launched on Donetsk Oblast. Local authorities have not yet reported the downing of these missiles.

Ukraine’s air forces reported downing 31 drones over the Poltava, Mykolaiv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts.

Poltava’s governor Filip Pronin reported the downing of eight Russian drones over the oblast. According to Governor Serhii Lysak, four Russian drones were intercepted over Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. There were reportedly no casualties.

Kharkiv came under Russian attack in the early hours of 23 March, Governor Oleh Syniehubov said. The Russian military hit a municipal institution, causing a fire on the roof and premises on the third floor of the building.

While rescuers and law enforcement officers were working at the scene of the previous attack, the Russian troops struck again with a drone. During the second repeated shelling, a 19-year-old man was injured. According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES), an employee of the SES and the National Police were injured. Two SES vehicles were also damaged.

In Kherson Oblast, the Russian military killed one and injured three in its attack over the past day, Governor Oleksandr Produkin said. The attacks also damaged residential buildings, cars, and outbuildings.

In the early hours of 22 March 2024, Russia launched a coordinated missile and drone strike on critical infrastructure targets in Ukraine, employing 151 attack assets. According to Ukraine’s Air Force, Ukrainian air defense forces successfully destroyed 92 aerial targets.

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