Ukraine shoots down 10 missiles, over 20 drones in Russian attacks

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Ukraine shot down 10 missiles Ukrainian officials said on Friday that more than 20 drones were launched by Russia in overnight attacks on the capital Kiev, the city of Dnipro and eastern regions.

Russia has stepped up missile and drone attacks on Ukraine this month, mainly attacking logistics and infrastructure ahead of Ukrainian retaliation.

Ukrainian Air Force said it had shot down 10 missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, 23 Iranian-made Shaheed drones and two reconnaissance drones.

It said a total of 17 missiles and 31 drones were launched during the attacks, which began at around 10:00 am (1900 GMT) on Thursday and continued until 5:00 am on Friday.

A missile is seen exploding in the sky above the city during a Russian missile attack amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2023. (Credit: GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS)

Officials said several drones and several missiles hit targets in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions.

Russian attack damage

There was no immediate word of any deaths.

“It was a very difficult night. It was loud – the enemy massively attacked the area with missiles and drones,” Serhiy Lysak, the regional governor of Dnipropetrovsk, said on the Telegram messaging app. “Dnipro has suffered.”

Lysak said several homes, cars and private businesses were damaged, including a transportation company and a gas station.

Authorities in Kiev said the roof of a shopping mall, a private house and several cars were damaged. The governor of the Kharkiv region also reported damage to several private homes and industrial facilities.

Russia, which launched its full-scale offensive 15 months ago, has launched hundreds of missile strikes since last October to destroy critical infrastructure and power facilities.

Military officials have said it has shifted the focus of its missile strikes in an attempt to disrupt Ukrainian counteroffensive preparations.