Ukraine shoots down all 36 Shahed drones in another Russian mass attack on Ukrainian civilians

25 May, 12:05 PM
Debris of a downed kamikaze drone, archival photo (Photo:General Staff)

Debris of a downed kamikaze drone, archival photo (Photo:General Staff)

Russia once again massively attacked Ukraine with Shahed 136/131 kamikaze drones in the early hours of May 25. 

All 36 of the 36 Iranian drones launched were shot down, some on the approach to Kyiv, Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk reported.

An air raid alert was declared in many regions of Ukraine early on May 25, notably in the west, due to the threat of a UAV attack.

Russia launched Shahed kamikaze drones at the capital, and all targets in Kyiv were shot down.

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Three residential buildings and power lines were damaged in Chernivtsi Oblast as a result of a Shahed fall. Currently, 140 households in the Dnistrovskyi district are disconnected, said regional governor Ruslan Zaparanyuk. No information about the victims was received.

10 Shahed UAVs also flew to Lviv Oblast at night, with no hits reported by Maksym Kozytskyi, the Lviv Oblast Military Administration head.

Three drones were shot down over Mykolaiv Oblast and one more over Odesa Oblast, Operational Command “South” reported. There were no hits in the the Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine area.

A Shahed kamikaze drone strike destroyed a private house in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, according to regional governor Serhiy Lysak.

Explosions were also heard in Kharkiv and region, reported Oleh Synehubov, Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration head.

Russia’s May 25 attack on Ukraine was notable for the unusual flight paths of the drones. They were launched from directions not used before, said Natalia Humeniuk, the Joint Press Center of South Operational Command head.

"While we are used to them coming either along the Black Sea or from the Sea of Azov, this time they tried to go around the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhya Oblast," she explained.

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