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Ukraine downs all 37 Russian Shahed drones during nighttime attack

Russia launched a drone attack against Ukraine, deploying 37 drones overnight. Ukrainian air defenses responded, destroying all drones by early morning, per Ukraine’s AIr Force.
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Wreckage of an Irano-Russian Shahed-series drones, downed in Odesa overnight on 19 May 2024. Photo: Telegram/truonline
Ukraine downs all 37 Russian Shahed drones during nighttime attack

Overnight on 19 May 2024, Russia launched its aerial drone attack against Ukraine just before midnight, and it wasn’t until 6:40 a.m. that the Ukrainian Air Force, overseeing the country’s air defenses, declared the final all-clear from the enemy drone threat.

According to the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, for the attack, Russian forces launched an 37 Shahed-131/136 type drones, originating from Russia’s Primorsko-Akhtarsk in Krasnodar Krai, and from Kursk Oblast. The Ukrainian Air Force’s air defense missile units, alongside mobile fire teams and electronic warfare units, responded to this aerial aggression.

In the ensuing air battle, all 37 drones were successfully intercepted and destroyed across several Ukrainian oblasts, including Kyiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Cherkasy, and Kherson, the Air Force says.

In the morning, Henadiy Trukhanov, the mayor of Odesa, said that at least one of the drones was shot down in the skies of Odesa:

Air defense forces destroyed an enemy drone over Odesa. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties,” he wrote.

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