Ukrainian army says its defences shot down 15 out of 20 Iranian-made Shahed drones in a single day.
Russia has launched a number of waves of drone assaults on the Kyiv, Poltava and Cherkasy areas of Ukraine, stepping up its assaults on the Ukrainian capital after a number of weeks of respite, in accordance with Ukrainian officers.
“The enemy’s UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] have been launched in lots of teams and attacked Kyiv in waves, from totally different instructions, on the identical time always altering the vectors of motion alongside the route,” Serhiy Popko, the pinnacle of Kyiv’s army administration, mentioned in a message on Telegram messaging app early on Sunday.
“That’s the reason the air raid alerts have been introduced a number of instances within the capital.”
Popko mentioned preliminary info indicated that Ukraine’s air defence methods downed 10 Iranian-made Shahed kamikaze drones in Kyiv and town’s outskirts.
There have been no preliminary experiences of “crucial injury” or casualties, he mentioned.
The Ukrainian Air Drive mentioned on its official Fb web page on Sunday morning that Russia attacked the Ukrainian territories from its Kursk area.
It mentioned air defences shot down 15 out of 20 drones that carried out the strikes.
The experiences couldn’t independently be verified and there was no quick remark from Russia.
Intensified Russian assaults anticipated
Russia started finishing up strikes on Ukraine’s power, army and transport infrastructure in October 2022, six months after Moscow’s troops did not take over the capital and withdrew to Ukraine’s east and south.
Final winter, Russia pounded Ukraine with a whole bunch of missiles and drones, leaving hundreds of thousands with out electrical energy, heating and water through the coldest months of the yr – earlier than easing the assaults in the summertime.
After a pause of 52 days, Moscow resumed air strikes on Kyiv earlier this month. On Saturday, Ukrainian officers mentioned all drones heading in the direction of Kyiv have been destroyed, however some hit infrastructure amenities elsewhere in Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and different officers have warned that Russia will resume its large-scale bombardment of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure through the winter months.
In his every day video message on Saturday night, Zelenskyy introduced new steps to bolster Ukraine’s air defences within the coming weeks.
“The nearer we get to winter, the larger Russia’s efforts can be to step up its assaults,” Zelenskyy mentioned.