Overnight, Ukraine has been subjected to a new onslaught of drone and missile attacks, with Kiev being the primary target.
According to city officials, Ukrainian forces obliterated over forty "aerial targets" above the capital. In Kyiv, there were no casualties, but plummeting drone debris caused property damage and fires. Additionally, explosions were reported in the regions of Lviv, Odesa, Vinnytsya, and Khmelnytskyy.
It was the 15th air attack on the city by Russia this month, and the second overnight attack in a succession of comparable intensity. According to regional authorities, an assault on a military airfield in Khmelnytskyy damaged five aircraft and the runway. Ambassador-at-large for Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleksandr Scherba, told the sources that the last few days have been extremely challenging for Kyiv residents.
He said that almost every night the sky looks and sounds like a Star Wars episode . However, they do not feel many Russian rockets hitting their targets in the city. This he mentioned is all due to the nations and people of the world who provided them with air defense. Mr. Scherba stated that living in the capital was currently anything but typical, adding that drone attacks and sleepless nights had become part of our routine.
Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine praised his nation's air defense forces after Kyiv suffered the largest drone attack since the beginning of the conflict. Mr. Zelensky exclaimed, "You are heroes," after military commanders reported that the majority of the so-called kamikaze drones launched by Russia were destroyed.
In recent weeks, Russia has intensified its assaults on Kiev in an attempt to overwhelm the capital's defenses. Saturday's overnight attack occurred as the citizens of the capital prepared to commemorate Kyiv Day, the city's founding anniversary.
A great degree of fortitude was displayed by the citizens of the capital city, who chose to commemorate the occasion by going out to parks, pubs, and restaurants. Russia, which commenced its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has employed kamikaze drones and a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles in its recent attacks.
According to analysts, Moscow is attempting to degrade and harm Ukraine's air defenses prior to its long-anticipated counteroffensive. Russia, which commenced its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has employed kamikaze drones and a variety of cruise and ballistic missiles in its recent attacks.
According to the analysts, Moscow is attempting to degrade and harm Ukraine's air defenses prior to its long-anticipated counteroffensive. Saturday, one of the highest-ranking security officials in Ukraine told sources that the country was prepared to initiate such an operation.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's strong National Security and Defense Council, said that an attack against President Vladimir Putin's occupying forces could start "tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or within a week." Ukraine has spent months preparing a counteroffensive. However, it desired as much time as possible to train soldiers and receive military supplies from its Western allies.
In the meantime, Russian soldiers have been working to strengthen their defensive positions within the occupied districts of southeast Ukraine.