| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Russia attacks Ukrainian cities in overnight air strikes

According to authorities, Russia conducted a comprehensive nighttime air strike on Ukraine on Tuesday, targeting military and infrastructure installations in Kyiv and other towns.

Ukraine said that it shot down 32 of 35 Iranian-made Shahed drones launched from Russia’s Bryansk area and the Azov Sea.

There was no indication of any injuries in Moscow’s recent air strikes since Kyiv started a counteroffensive in which it claims to have reclaimed 113 square kilometers (44 square miles) of terrain from Russian soldiers.

The air force said on the Telegram messaging app that air defenses had been in action in most regions of Ukraine.

“However, the main direction of attack by Iranian drones was the Kyiv region. More than two dozen Shaheds were destroyed here,” its said on the Telegram messaging app.

Serhiy Popko, head of the Kyiv military administration, said the air alert in the capital lasted over three hours. He gave no details of any damage.

An unspecified critical infrastructure facility was hit in Lviv, around 70 km (43 miles) from the border with NATO member Poland, and some tram routes were altered during the morning rush hour, officials said.

“They hit a critically important facility. There were three hits,” said regional governor Maksym Kozytskiy.

The air force said Russia had also hit the southeastern industrial city of Zaporizhzhia with Iskander and S-300 missiles.

Yuriy Malashko, head of the military administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, said Russia had targeted telecommunication infrastructure and agriculture and farming properties.

Ukraine’s military said that, according to preliminary information, Russia had fired seven missiles at Zaporizhzhia.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports. There was no immediate comment from Russia.

  • Reuters