According to sources, Russia has launched its sixth airstrike on the capital of Ukraine this month, but all approaching drones were shot down, and preliminary assessments showed no damage or injuries.
A drone strike on Moscow, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) away, prompted Russia to threaten “tough retaliatory measures” the day before the alleged attack on Kyiv, which is located in Ukraine.
According to early reports, all of the Iranian-made Shahed drones used by Russia to attack Kyiv were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense systems, Serhiy Popko, the chief of Kyiv’s military administration, claimed on the messaging app Telegram.
“The 3-hour air alert lasted… On the approach to Kiev, all air targets were found and neutralized, the man claimed.
“According to the information available at this time, the capital suffered neither casualties nor damage.”
The Kyiv regional military administration had previously issued a drone assault alert and advised locals to seek shelter.
The southern Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, which share a portion of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, were also the subject of a drone strike warning from the air force.
Since pulling out of a pact that enabled the secure transport of grain from Ukraine last week, Moscow has targeted the regions’ port infrastructure often with assault drones and missiles.