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Overnight Drone Onslaught: Russia's 24-Strike Barrage on Ukraine

Overnight Drone Onslaught: Russia's 24-Strike Barrage on Ukraine
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Russia intensified its aerial assault on Ukraine with a barrage of 24 drone attacks. The strikes, primarily targeting critical infrastructure, have escalated tensions in the already war-torn regions of southern and eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that the majority of the drones were Iranian-produced Shahed models, known for their stealth and precision. Despite the sudden onslaught, Ukrainian forces managed to neutralize 17 of these drones, showcasing their resilience and defensive capabilities.

Regions such as Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad, Khmelnytskyi, and Zhytomyr were the focal points of these attacks. In Odesa, four drones were successfully destroyed by the regional defense forces, according to Oleh Kiper, the regional governor. He also reported that a logistics and transport facility suffered damage, and a gas station was hit by the wreckage of a downed Shahed drone.

The Ukrainian military's swift response also led to the destruction of a Russia-launched Kh-59 guided air missile over the Dnipropetrovsk region. This proactive interception prevented further potential devastation.

Fortunately, there were no casualties reported in these incidents, a testament to the effectiveness of Ukraine's air defense measures and the prompt action of their military personnel. The absence of immediate comments from Russia adds a layer of uncertainty to the already complex narrative of this conflict.