Russia launches biggest drone attack on Ukraine’s capital since war began

Russia launches biggest drone attack on Ukraine’s capital since war began

2023-05-28 17:07:37

The incident would have lasted more than five hours, being classified as the country’s “most massive attack” on the city.

The capital of Ukraine, Kiev, faced on Saturday, the 27th, the most devastating drone attack since the beginning of the war with Russia, as the city prepared to celebrate the anniversary of its founding on this Sunday, the 28th. the attack with Iranian-made Shahed drones, launched by the Russians, resulted in the death of two people and left three injured.

The attack reportedly lasted more than five hours and is ranked as the country’s “most massive attack” on the city, said Serhii Popko, a senior Kiev military official. The air defense managed to shoot down more than 40 drones.

A 41-year-old man died in the incident, while a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized after debris landed on a seven-story non-residential building and caused a fire, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Ukraine’s Air Force reported that the night was also marked by a record number of Shahed drone strikes across the country. Of the 54 drones launched, 52 were shot down by air defense systems.

Kiev Day, which celebrates the official anniversary of the founding of the city, is usually celebrated with live concerts, street fairs, exhibitions and fireworks. However, this year, due to the tragic events, the festivities were reduced. The city of Kiev celebrates its 1,541st anniversary.

Authorities say attack was no coincidence

Ukrainian officials believe the timing of the drone strikes was not coincidental. “Ukraine’s history is a long-standing irritation for insecure Russians,” Ukraine’s top presidential adviser Andriy Yermak said on Telegram.


“Today, the enemy decided to ‘congratulate’ the people of Kiev on Kiev Day with the help of their deadly UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles),” Popko also wrote in the messaging app.

This would be the 14th Russian drone strike in Kiev, according to officials. According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia was targeting “military installations and strategic infrastructure in the central regions of the country, in particular in the Kiev region”.

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