NewsUkrainian air defense intercepts 28 out of 29 Russian drones

Ukrainian air defense intercepts 28 out of 29 Russian drones

Night attack by Russia. Ukraine shot down 28 enemy drones.
Night attack by Russia. Ukraine shot down 28 enemy drones.
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7:28 AM EDT, May 21, 2024

- Ukrainian air defense shot down 28 out of 29 Shahed-131/136 drones that Russian forces used to attack Ukraine last night, Ukrainian Air Force Commander General Mykola Oleshchuk reported on Tuesday morning.

"The enemy attacked with 29 Shahed-131/136 combat drones from three directions: Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Kursk - Russia, Cape Chauda - (occupied) Crimea," wrote Ukrainian Air Force Commander General Mykola Oleshchuk on his Telegram channel.

"As a result of the combat, 28 Shaheds were shot down over the Odesa, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Kherson, and Kirovohrad regions," the general conveyed.

Oleshchuk noted that the attack was repelled by the Air Force's anti-aircraft missile units and mobile shooting teams of Ukraine's Defense Forces, and electronic warfare equipment was also used.

Russia concentrates troops near Sumy region

Maksym Zhorin, deputy commander of one of the Ukrainian brigades fighting in the Kharkiv region, reported on Monday that Russian forces were massing near the Sumy region's border. According to Zhorin, Chechen units, known as Kadyrovites, are being brought into the Kursk region. On the same day, Ukrainian military expert Kostiantyn Mashovets estimated the size of the Russian grouping in the Kursk region to be about 9,000-10,000 soldiers, according to a think tank.

The ISW emphasized that these are likely forces with limited combat capabilities—not fully manned and poorly organized. Nevertheless, in the think tank's assessment, even such an invasive military grouping will fulfill its role by forcing Ukrainians to extend their forces along the front line to secure the state's northern border.

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