Russia targets Kyiv, Kryvyi Rih, and Lviv in new wave of attacks
Russian troops launched out a new series of airstrikes on Ukrainian cities on Thursday night.
According to Kyiv City Military Administration head Serhii Popko, the city faced its tenth air attack since the start of May as Russia sent Iranian-made Shahed drones “in several waves, with short intervals between the attacks.” By using this tactic, he said, the Russian military hopes to deplete Ukraine’s air defense forces and to have a “psychological impact” on the civilian population.
“They won’t succeed! All of the air targets moving towards Kyiv were destroyed by our forces and our air defenses,” Popko wrote on Telegram.
In the city of Kryvyi Rih, two people were injured in a series of overnight explosions, according to Dnipropetrovsk Governor Serhii Lysak. He reported that Russia carried out strikes on a private industrial facility and a four-story administrative building. “Several buildings immediately caught on fire,” he said. A 64-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man were reportedly injured.
Lviv City Military Administration head Maksym Kozytskyy reported that Shahed drones attacked the city between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m., activating air defenses. The city’s mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, said that the drones were targeting a piece of critical infrastructure and that there were no injuries or damage.
Ukraine’s Air Force Command reported that 16 Shahed drones and three Kalibr cruise missiles were destroyed by air defense forces on Thursday night, while a total of 22 drones and six missiles were recorded to have been launched.
The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on the attacks.