Russia attacks Kyiv, Poltava, and Vinnytsia oblasts with suicide Shahed drones

21 April, 12:05 PM
Russian kamikaze drone manufactured by Iran in Kyiv, October 17, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)

Russian kamikaze drone manufactured by Iran in Kyiv, October 17, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov)

Occupying Russian forces launched an overnight drone attack in several Ukrainianoblasts overnight on April 20-21 after a 25-day break, said Ukraine’s General Staff on Facebook. 

Ukrainian air defense downed eight aerial targets approaching Kyiv, though drones hit civilian infrastructure in Poltava Oblast and critical infrastructure in Vinnytsia Oblast.

Ukraine downed eight out of twelve Shahed-136 drones launched by Russia from the Bryansk region, according to the General Staff's preliminary data.

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"The enemy's tactic remains the same. With the onset of night, the terrorist state launched drones from the north. According to preliminary information, the Moscow aggressor likely used a new batch of Iranian-made Shahed drones. Eight enemy targets were detected and downed approaching the capital. There are no victims or damage yet reported. Information is being clarified,” the head of Kyiv's military administration, Serhiy Popko, said on Telegram.

“I want to express our sincere gratitude for the excellent and professional service to guardians of Kyiv's skies - the Air Defense Forces! You have once again saved human lives and the civilian infrastructure of our city! Glory to Ukraine!"- said Popko.

All residents were urged to stay in shelters until an air raid alert ended.

While Kyiv residents were in their bomb shelters, Russia attacked Poltava with drones.

"Civilian infrastructure is damaged. Firefighters are extinguishing fire. Right now, there are no victims reported in the attack," Poltava Oblast Governor Dmytro Lunin said.

Russian occupiers hit a critical infrastructure facility in the Vinnytsia region in an overnight drone attack.

There are no reported casualties.

More than 150 rescuers and 30 pieces of equipment were used to extinguish the resulting fire, said State Emergency Service head, Serhiy Kruk.

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