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Ukraine downs 16/17 Russia’s explosive drones as fifth civilian dies after Russian missile strike on Mykolaiv

Russia deployed 17 Shahed drones against Ukraine, successfully downing 16. A civilian death increased Mykolaiv’s Russian missile attack casualties to five, amidst significant challenges in air defense capabilities due to stalled US military aid.
One-family homes damaged in Mykolaiv by a Russian missile strike on 11 April 2024.. Photo: Suspilne Mykolaiv
Ukraine downs 16/17 Russia’s explosive drones as fifth civilian dies after Russian missile strike on Mykolaiv

Overnight on 12 April, Russia launched 17 Iranian-designed Shahed-type one-way-attack drones, targeting several regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian air defenders reportedly shot down 16 of those. Meanwhile, a civilian man injured in Russia’s April 11 noon missile strike on Mykolaiv, has died in hospital, raising the death toll of the attack to five.

With the US major military aid package for Ukraine stalled in the US Congress by Republicans for more than six months, Russia is taking advantage of the fact that Ukraine’s air defense missiles are being depleted and Ukraine cannot repel air attacks as efficiently as before. Thus, the Russians have escalated the use of missiles of various types since March, primarily targeting Ukraine’s energy grid and continuing deliberate strikes on residential areas of multiple cities across the country. Ukraine still can destroy most explosive drones, but when it comes to the missiles, many more of those penetrate air defenses.

Early on 12 April, Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed 16 Shahed kamikaze drones used by Russian troops to attack Ukraine, as reported by Commander of the Ukrainian Air Forces Mykola Oleshchuk, who says the Russians launched 17 strike UAVs from Cape Chauda in temporarily occupied Crimea and also conducted a strike with a Kh-59 guided missile.

As a result of the anti-air combat by the aviation of the Air Forces and mobile fire groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, 16 strike UAVs of the Shahed-type were shot down within the Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, and Khmelnytsky oblasts,” Oleshchuk wrote on Telegram.

Death toll from Russian missile attack on Mykolaiv rose to five

On 11 April at 12:00, an explosion rocked Mykolaiv, shortly followed by an air raid alert, as reported by the head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, Vitalii Kim. As per Suspilne Mykolaiv, by 12:34, the attack resulted in two fatalities and four injuries; these numbers increased to four dead and five injured by 13:00, according to updates from the Ukraine South Defense Forces. Additionally, the explosion caused damage to residential buildings, vehicles, and industrial facilities in the area.

According to Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych, among the injured were a teenage girl who did not require hospitalization and was taken home by her parents, three men with moderate injuries, one in critical condition undergoing surgery in a hospital, and a woman taken to a trauma center. He also reported that the impact damaged several apartment buildings, breaking windows, doors, and roofs, with municipal services set to provide assistance and coverings for repairs.

At 8:00 on 12 April, it was reported by Vitalii Kim that a 37-year-old man who had been injured during the Russian 11 April attack of Mykolaiv had died in the hospital from severe injuries. This brought the death toll in Mykolaiv to five.

The missile attack on Mykolaiv followed the early morning massive combined missile and drone attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure that destroyed Kyiv Oblast’s largest Trypilska Thermoelectric Power Plant and targeted an underground gas storage in Lviv Oblast.

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