Kyiv activates air defenses as Russia launches new assault

A views shows an industrial building damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine, in this handout picture released May 18, 2023. Press Service of the Operational Command South of the Ukrainian Armed Forces/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Ukraine claims to have downed 29 out of 30 cruise missiles launched by Russia overnight, according to a statement from the Ukrainian Air Force on Telegram.

The missiles came in “several waves” and “from different directions,” the statement said.

“A total of 30 sea-, air-, and land-launched cruise missiles were launched,” the Ukrainian Air Force said in the statement, adding that air defenses “destroyed 29 cruise missiles.”

The Air Force also claimed to have also shot down two attack drones and two reconnaissance drones.

Some background: Several explosions were heard overnight across Ukraine, including the capital Kyiv, as authorities activated air defenses against a nationwide Russian attack.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South said earlier Thursday that one person had been killed and two injured when a Russian missile hit an industrial infrastructure facility in the southern port city of Odesa.


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