Moscow says it introduced down dozens of Ukrainian drones after it struck Kyiv : NPR


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A Ukrainian police officer makes use of a flashlight to seek for drone particles close to the positioning of an explosion following a Russian drone assault in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, its most intense on the Ukrainian capital because the starting of its invasion, army officers stated.

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A Ukrainian police officer makes use of a flashlight to seek for drone particles close to the positioning of an explosion following a Russian drone assault in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, its most intense on the Ukrainian capital because the starting of its invasion, army officers stated.

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Ukraine in a single day tried to assault Moscow with dozens of drones, Russian authorities stated Sunday, only a day after Ukrainian officers reported that Russia had launched its most intense drone assault on Kyiv because the starting of its full-scale battle in 2022.

Russian air defenses introduced down not less than 24 drones over the Moscow area — which surrounds however doesn’t embrace the capital — and 4 different provinces to the south and west, the Russian Protection Ministry and Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported in a collection of Telegram updates. Neither referenced any casualties.

Andrei Vorobyev, governor of the Moscow area, wrote on Telegram that the drone strikes broken three unspecified buildings there, including that nobody was damage.

One drone crashed right into a 12-story condominium block within the western Russian metropolis of Tula, about 113 miles south of Moscow, flippantly wounding one resident and inflicting restricted injury, native Gov. Aleksei Dyumin wrote on Telegram on Sunday morning.

Moscow’s Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports additionally briefly shut down due to the drone assault, in accordance with Russia’s state-run information company Tass. Each appeared to have resumed regular operation by 6 a.m. native time, in accordance with knowledge from worldwide flight monitoring portals.

Russian Telegram channels speculated that Ukrainian forces had deployed a beforehand unseen sort of drone within the purported strike, declaring some similarities to the Iranian-made weapons Moscow routinely employs in its assaults on Ukraine.

The Russian capital has come below assault from drones frequently since Might, with Russian officers blaming Ukraine. Army analysts commented on the time that the early assaults deployed Ukrainian regionally made drones which couldn’t carry as heavy a payload because the Iranian-made Shaheds utilized by Russia.

As of late morning Sunday, Ukrainian officers didn’t acknowledge or touch upon the strikes, which got here a day after Russia focused the Ukrainian capital with over 60 Shahed drones. Not less than 5 civilians have been wounded within the hourslong assault, which noticed a number of buildings broken by falling particles from downed drones, together with a kindergarten. The wounded included an 11-year-old little one, in accordance with Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

The Ukrainian air pressure early on Sunday stated it had introduced down eight of 9 Shahed drones fired in a single day by Russian forces.

Additionally on Sunday morning, the Russian Protection Ministry reported that two Soviet-made S-200 rockets fired by Kyiv have been shot down over the ocean of Azov, which stretches between Crimea and Ukraine’s Russian-occupied southeastern coast.

In accordance with native information sources, air raid sirens sounded earlier in Russian-annexed Crimea, which on Friday got here below what Russian officers known as a serious drone assault. Street site visitors was additionally briefly halted on Sunday morning throughout the 12-mile bridge that connects Crimea to the Russian mainland.

There have been no studies of casualties, and no remark from officers in Kyiv.

Elsewhere, components of Russian-occupied japanese Ukraine have been left with out energy following a nighttime Ukrainian strike on a thermal energy plant within the Donetsk area, a Moscow-installed native official reported on Telegram Sunday. In accordance with Denis Pushilin, who heads the province Russia illegally annexed final yr, the assault on the Starobesheve plant took out the electrical energy in components of the occupied cities of Donetsk and Mariupol, together with different close by areas.

On the outskirts of Donetsk, Russian troops have continued their makes an attempt to advance close to Avdiivka, the japanese city that has been a Ukrainian stronghold and combating hotspot because the early days of the battle, in accordance with studies by the Ukrainian Common Workers and evaluation by the Washington-based Institute for the Research of Conflict.

The Ukrainian Common Workers on Sunday morning stated Kyiv’s forces over the earlier 24 hours beat again Russian assaults to the northeast, west and southwest of Avdiivka, as Moscow’s troops pressure to encircle the town.

A number of Russian bloggers additionally made unconfirmed claims that Ukrainian forces had begun withdrawing from the economic zone on Avdiivka’s southern flank, though others stated that Russian troops lacked full management of the realm. These claims couldn’t be independently verified.

Russian shelling killed two civilians within the Donetsk area on Saturday and in a single day, appearing Ukrainian Gov. Ihor Moroz reported on Telegram on Sunday morning. Over that very same interval, Russian shells wounded one individual in Ukraine’s northern Sumy province, which borders Russia, in accordance with a Telegram replace by the Ukrainian regional army command.

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