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Ukraine’s air defense downed all 17 Shahed drones during an overnight Russian attack — GenStaff

Intense fighting continues in several directions where Russia launched dozens of attacks yesterday.
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Ukrainian mobile fire unit shoots down Shahed kamikaze drones. Photo: Serhiy Naiev/TB. Illustrative photo.
Ukraine’s air defense downed all 17 Shahed drones during an overnight Russian attack — GenStaff

Air attacks

At night on 7 April 2024, Russia attacked Ukraine with 17 Shahed drones and two missiles. Ukraine downed all drones, while missiles managed to hit unspecified targets.

On the night, the enemy attacked with one Kh-31 guided air missile from the occupied Luhansk region, an Iskander-M ballistic missile from Crimea, and 17 Shahed-131/136 type UAVs from Cape Chauda (Crimea),” Ukraine’s Air Force report reads.

Russian troops attacked the city of Kharkiv the most intensely. Explosions were reported around midnight while one of the houses caught fire, apparently from the drone debris.

Russian land offensive

In the latest update, Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that during the last 24 hours, Russia launched 57 attacks on Ukrainian positions in various directions as well as ten missile strikes, 88 air strikes, and 71 attacks using multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) targeting Ukrainian military positions and populated areas. Over 100 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.

The most intense fighting happened in the Lyman direction, where Ukrainian forces repelled seven enemy attacks near the settlement of Torske in the Donetsk Oblast; on the Bakhmut direction, where Ukrainian soldiers repelled 14 attacks in the areas of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk oblast, as well as Verkhn’okamyanske, Vyimka, Spirne, Bohdanivka, and Klishchiivka. In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled five attacks in the vicinities of Novokalynove, Berdychi, and Netailove, while in the Novopavlivka direction, Russians made 21 attempts to break through the defense lines.

According to the latest update of the DeepState map, in the last 24 hours, Russian forces managed to advance up to 300 meters in Berdychi village on the Avdiivka direction as well as up to 1 kilometer in the vicinity of Verbove in the southern frontline.

Russian advances near Berdychi in the last 24 hours. Source: DeepStateMap
Russian advances near Verbove. Source: DeepStateMap

Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s power grid

Russian attacks on Kharkiv continue the Russian campaign to devastate this second-largest Ukrainian city. After a relative lull this winter, Russia escalated its attacks on Ukraine’s power grid in late March. On 22 March, Russia conducted 15 strikes on Kharkiv’s energy infrastructure, leaving the city almost completely without power. In particular, all thermal power plants in the city were destroyed. The electricity supply has only been partially restored so far, with several districts having electricity by schedule.

Additionally, a significant nighttime assault on 29 March targeted thermal and hydroelectric power plants, causing damage to 330 kV high-voltage lines. Despite the massive attack, Ukraine’s power grid remained balanced, with emergency blackouts implemented only in the Kryvyi Rih area.

Hundreds of small power plants: Ukrenergo reveals strategy to protect against Russian strikes

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