Fighter jet engages, destroys 3 enemy drones over Kharkiv Oblast

16 August, 03:37 PM
Shahed (Photo:Serhii Smolientsev/Reuters)

Shahed (Photo:Serhii Smolientsev/Reuters)

A Ukrainian fighter pilot engaged and destroyed three Russian Shahed-136 UAVs early on Aug. 16 as they flew towards targets in Kharkiv Oblast, the Ukrainian military’s East Air Command said in a post on Facebook.

The unknown ace Ukrainian pilot thus accounted for almost a quarter of the 13 done shoot-downs recorded by Ukraine’s air defense forces overnight.

In other parts of Ukraine overnight on Aug. 16, Russia continued its campaign to cripple Ukraine’s food exports by attacking agricultural infrastructure with waves of Iranian-designed Shahed drones.

Video of day

Odesa regional governor Oleh Kiper said that one of the Danube River ports was hit. Warehouses and granaries were damaged, and fires broke out, although they were quickly extinguished.

Earlier, Ukrainian air defense forces reported that they had managed to shoot down a total of 13 kamikaze drones launched by Russia at Ukraine overnight on Aug. 16.

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