NewsKyiv endures massive drone attack, majority intercepted by air defense

Kyiv endures massive drone attack, majority intercepted by air defense

Dramatic scenes in Kiev. Photos have hit the internet.
Dramatic scenes in Kiev. Photos have hit the internet.
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4:33 PM EST, November 25, 2023

A record number of drones were used by Russia in an attack against Ukraine, with the majority targeted towards the city of Kyiv, part of which experienced power cuts. The devastating aftermath of the assault was captured in photos and videos that have been circulated online.

The Russians initiated the attack on Kyiv early Saturday morning. Groups of drones were directed towards the city, with the loud sounds of explosions and gunshots echoing throughout Ukraine's capital city.

Journalist Andrij Caplijenko shared a recording on Telegram highlighting the operation of anti-aircraft defense systems during the attack.

The air raid alarm was in operation for over six hours, with residents urged to seek shelter.

The severity of the attacking force was emphasized by the record number of unmanned vehicles utilized by Putin’s forces. The Ukrainian Air Force revealed that 74 out of 75 devices were successfully neutralized.

Images revealing the damage inflicted by the attacks in Kyiv are now available online. Fallen debris have caused fires, damage to residential buildings, and have affected power grids.

Vitaliy Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, informed the public that five residents, including an 11-year-old child, were impacted by the attack, and said they had all been provided with immediate medical attention.

Nocturnal attack on Kyiv: Some residents face power outages

Following the massive morning assault, parts of Kyiv went without power, as announced by the city authorities on Saturday. There were also reports of water supply interruptions from the residents.

"On the morning of November 25, during a massive drone attack in the capital, 77 residential buildings and 120 establishments in the city center were left without power. The reasons are being investigated, and repair works are in progress," shared the Kyiv City Military Administration via Telegram.

At around 4:30 AM ET, Ukrainian services announced that they had managed to amend the effects of the nocturnal bombardment and had restored the power supply for its residents.

A disturbing night in Kyiv: Zelenskyy's response

"More than 70 Shaheds were shot down on the eve of the Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Great Famine - genocide. Deliberate terror. Precisely at this time. Russia's leadership takes pride in its capability to kill," wrote Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Telegram.

The President of Ukraine stressed that while most of the drones were taken down by air defense, not all were destroyed.

"We are steadily bolstering our air defense and rallying the world in defense against Russian terror. The terrorist state must face defeat and be held accountable for its actions," he concluded.

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