Russian invasion: Ukraine reports Russian drone strikes

Russian invasion: Ukraine reports Russian drone strikes

At least eleven people have been injured in renewed Russian drone attacks, according to Ukrainian sources. The extent of the further damage is unclear.

Ukraine has reported numerous new Russian drone strikes and several explosions in western Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi Oblast. Critical infrastructure was hit and people were injured, said the mayor of the regional capital of the same name, Olexandr Symchyschyn, on Saturday. The authorities spoke of eleven injured. According to reports, railway systems were also affected. After the shelling, the Ukrainian railways informed about delays in train journeys of up to twelve hours and about the use of rail replacement services.

Details of the specific damage did not initially exist. A huge ball of fire was seen on social networks rising into the sky. According to the Ukrainian military, a total of 17 of 21 Iranian Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones were shot down during the night attacks. Russia has repeatedly launched massive drone attacks on Ukraine.

For the second time since Friday, Russian state media reported explosions in the Moscow-occupied eastern Ukrainian regional capital of Luhansk. The city, which has been controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, has so far been largely spared from the acts of war. A huge cloud of smoke was visible in the Russian media on Saturday.

Use of British cruise missiles?

According to the occupying forces in Luhansk, the Storm Shadow cruise missiles promised by Britain were used for the first time in the shelling. There were also pictures of rocket debris. This information could not be verified by an independent party. Ukraine had requested these longer-range weapon systems in order to liberate areas further away from the front line.

The airborne Storm Shadow, which was jointly developed by Great Britain and France, has a range of more than 250 kilometers, according to manufacturer MBDA. This will allow them to reach destinations on the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine, which was annexed by Russia. The US-type Himars multiple rocket launchers, successfully used by Ukraine, can hit targets 80 kilometers away.

Source: Stern

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