On the brisk night of September 10, Ukraine found itself under an aerial assault as enemy forces launched a barrage of drones from the Russian city of Kursk. This isn't a scene from a dystopian novel, but a dire reality on the European continent.
Capital Kyiv Targeted by Swarm of Drones
According to military records, the skies above Kyiv were dominated by 33 unmanned aerial vehicles, specifically of the Shahed-136/131 type. This sophisticated and synchronized attack saw drones infiltrating the city in well-coordinated groups, approaching from various directions, turning the night into a spectacle of warfare.
However, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in close collaboration with other military divisions, rose to the challenge. "Last night, the enemy attacked Kyiv with unmanned aerial vehicles. Preliminary reports indicate that these were Shahed loitering munitions," commented an official.
It wasn’t long before the defense forces intercepted the threat, managing to neutralize 26 out of the 33 drones. Details about the exact type and number are anticipated to be released by the Air Force soon.
Collateral Damage and the Wider Picture
Despite the robust defense, the fallout wasn't completely avoided.
Popko, a local authority figure, reported about the debris from downed drones scattering across the city. A high-rise apartment in the Shevchenkivskyi district bore the brunt of this fallout. Fortunately, a significant part of the wreckage landed in open areas, preventing more widespread damage. "Cars, trolleybus power lines, and the road surface were damaged.
At the moment, we know about one casualty, but his injuries are not life-threatening," Popko shared. In a parallel event, the Russian Defense Ministry reported its defense activity over the Black Sea. The ministry stated that Russian forces managed to shoot down eight drones and obliterate three boats believed to have been targeting occupied Crimea.
Later, they further claimed to have destroyed three swift military ships of the Ukrainian army. While Europe sleeps, the night skies over Ukraine reveal the harrowing stories of modern warfare, where drones have become a key player. With the increasing interplay of technology and warfare, the boundaries of conflict are being redefined.
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