Ukraine’s air force said Monday that it shot down 13 explosive drones launched from southern Russia overnight, following hours of air raid sirens in Kyiv.
According to the air force, Russian forces launched 15 Iranian-made Shahed drones from the Bryansk region northeast of Kyiv, 13 of which were shot down by Ukrainian forces.
Since October, Russia has launched missile and drone attacks against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, prompting Kiev to strengthen its air defense systems with Western assistance.
Air raid sirens could be heard in Kyiv for several hours early Monday, with authorities claiming that a “aerial target” triggered the air defenses.
Sergiy Popko, the head of the city’s military administration, stated that drones were heading for Kyiv but were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense forces, causing no injuries or damage to infrastructure.
Ukraine has improved its ability to withstand Russian air attacks after receiving new missile defense systems from Western allies such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
Nevertheless a Russian drone attack in late February killed two people and injured three in the western Ukrainian city of Khmelnytski.