Ukraine Strikes Back: Dozens of Drones Target Russia, Causing Casualties/ Video

Ukraine has launched a retaliatory drone strike on Russian territory, resulting in several casualties and extensive damage to key infrastructure

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Ukraine Strikes Back: Dozens of Drones Target Russia, Causing Casualties/ Video
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Ukrainian forces have reportedly responded with drones to yesterday's large-scale Russian missile attack on Kyiv and other cities. To recap, the Russian military launched a massive missile attack on Ukrainian cities yesterday, hitting the largest children's hospital in Ukraine.

The attacks resulted in 41 fatalities and 166 injuries. Two people died when a Russian missile destroyed part of the Ohmatdyt children's hospital – Ukraine's largest pediatric facility, and the search for survivors under the rubble continued early this morning.

Ukrainians launched dozens of drones, some hit their targets

This morning, information emerged about a significant Ukrainian drone attack on targets in Russia. The governor of Russia's southern Rostov region reported that a fire broke out at a power plant after Ukraine launched "dozens" of drones.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Ukrainians launched a "massive drone attack." During the night, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, air defenses shot down 38 drones over the Volgograd, Belgorod, and Rostov regions.

A video of the fire at the power plant spread on social media. This attack was likely in response to yesterday's Russian attack on Kyiv and several other cities, which resulted in casualties. Explosions were heard in the city of Kalach-na-Donu in the southern Russian region of Volgograd, according to the Baza channel on Telegram, which has sources within the Russian police.

Regional Governor Andrey Bocharov announced on Telegram that an electrical substation and an oil storage facility caught fire from drone debris destroyed by Russian air defense systems.

A Ukrainian drone operator named Chaynik from the 3rd Assault brigade lands his drone© Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

The fire at the substation was immediately extinguished, but firefighters are still battling the blaze at the oil storage facility, Bocharov said.

No injuries were reported in the attack, Bocharov emphasized, adding that there was no threat to residential buildings. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not list Volgograd among the regions where Ukrainian-launched drones were destroyed.

Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov reported that one man was killed, two people were injured, and several houses were damaged in the Ukrainian attack.

"Most intense attack on Kyiv since the beginning of the Russian aggression"

Several dozen people were killed in a devastating missile attack by the Russian military on Monday, July 8, on cities across Ukraine, officials said.

In the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, at least 27 people were killed, including four children, and the city's largest children's hospital was hit. Two people died in the hospital – a doctor and a relative of a patient. More than 160 people were injured across Ukraine, including 117 in Kyiv.

A day of mourning has been declared in Ukraine, and Ukrainian tennis players at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament in London wore black armbands. At least 10 more people were killed in Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to local authorities.

Three more were killed in Pokrovsk in the east of the country, and one person in Dnipro. Moscow claimed that the hospital in Kyiv was destroyed by a "falling Ukrainian air defense missile," but Ukrainian authorities said they found remnants of a Russian cruise missile.

Zelensky called the attack "brutal" and labeled Russian President Vladimir Putin a "bloodthirsty criminal." Meanwhile, Ukraine continued to target the Russian border territory of Belgorod, where the governor said four people had been killed in Ukrainian strikes in the past 24 hours.

Zelensky, who was visiting Poland during the latest Russian attack, said Russia fired around 40 missiles. "Several cities were attacked: Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, residential buildings, infrastructure, and a children's hospital were damaged," Zelensky said.

On social media, Zelensky posted a video of the attack on the hospital, claiming it was hit by a Russian missile. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko added that the attack on the hospital hit the oncology and intensive care departments.

Photos from the scene show young children in front of the evacuated hospital. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko told Reuters from the hospital that this was "one of the most severe attacks" on the capital since the beginning of the war.

Lesia Lisitsa, a doctor at the children's hospital in Kyiv, told the BBC that when the missile struck, "it felt like a movie, with a bright light and then a terrible sound." "A large part of the hospital was damaged, maybe 60-70% of the facility," she said.

UN Security Council meeting today following the Russian attack on Kyiv

The United Nations Security Council will meet today at the request of the United Kingdom, France, Ecuador, Slovenia, and the United States due to the Russian military's attack on Kyiv, which killed 36 people and damaged the main children's hospital, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier announced that Ukraine would request a UN Security Council session, adding that Kyiv expects concrete steps from Western partners to strengthen its air defense and protect the energy sector during this week's NATO summit.

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