Ukraine's Air Force reported on Thursday that its air defense systems successfully intercepted and destroyed 34 out of 44 Shahed drones launched by Russia overnight. Fortunately, no casualties resulted from the attack, according to a regional official.
In recent developments, Ukraine’s Air Force revealed that they had successfully thwarted an overnight drone attack launched by Russia. According to reports, Russia had sent a total of 44 Shahed drones as part of the attack. However, Ukraine’s air defense systems were able to intercept and shoot down 34 of these drones.
To counter the drone attack, the Ukrainian military employed a combination of measures. This included the deployment of fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units, and mobile fire groups. These efforts were aimed at neutralizing the threat posed by the incoming drones.
The main target of this attack appeared to be the Odesa region in Ukraine. Odesa is a strategic port city located in the southern part of the country. Despite being the primary target, the attack fortunately resulted in no casualties.
Oleh Kiper, who serves as the governor of the Odesa region, commended the performance of Ukraine’s air defense forces. He highlighted their effectiveness in preventing casualties and significant damage during the attack. Kiper also mentioned that the only notable impact of the downed drones was a few small fires caused by the wreckage in the area.
It’s worth noting that these types of drone attacks have become a recurring issue in the Odesa region. The attacks began in July, following Russia’s decision to withdraw from a UN-brokered grain export agreement. This agreement had allowed Ukraine to export its grain internationally, and Russia’s departure from it led to increased tensions and incidents like the drone attacks in the region.