Ukraine's Capital Hit by Russian Airstrikes Again After Repelling Drone Assault
|"Smoke billows following the Russian shelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (AP PHOTO/EFREM LUKATSKY)."|
Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, faced another round of intense Russian airstrikes on Monday (May 29, 2023) following the repulsion of a massive drone attack. Local air defenses successfully intercepted over 40 drones and cruise missiles, resulting in no casualties, according to authorities. While Kyiv had relatively avoided attacks since early 2023, its residents have recently been living with air raid sirens and thunderous explosions nearly every night in May.
Escalation of Attacks and Defense Efforts
The Attack on Kyiv on Saturday (May 27, 2023) night was the largest since Russia's invasion in February 2022, as stated by Ukraine. The Ukrainian Air Force reported that out of the 54 drones targeting Kyiv's capital, 40 had been downed. However, on Sunday (May 28, 2023) night, the people of Kyiv once again faced threats from the sky. "Only 18 hours have passed since the most massive UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) attack in Kyiv, and the enemy is attacking the capital again," said the city's military administration. "This marks the 15th airstrike since early May!" they continued, quoted by AFP news agency. The government confirmed that the attack employed both drones and cruise missiles, adding that "over 40 aerial targets were detected and destroyed by our air defense forces and assets." Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko stated that it was another difficult night for the capital, but there were no reported damages or casualties. "Thanks to the professionalism of our defenders, there was no damage or destruction to infrastructure, other facilities, or apartment buildings due to the barbaric airstrikes in Kyiv," he said on Telegram. "No one was injured or killed."
President Zelensky's Praise and Civilian Impact
President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, commended his country's air defense forces on Sunday (May 28, 2023) after repelling the large-scale attack on Kyiv. The overnight assault resulted in the deaths of two individuals and injuries to three others.
"People were shocked. There was significant damage, broken windows, and roofs damaged," said Sergei Movchan, a 50-year-old resident whose house was hit by debris. Russia intensified its airstrikes on Kyiv in May 2023, while warning the West not to escalate the conflict following the United States' approval of the shipment of F-16 fighter jets.
As Kyiv continues to endure relentless attacks, Ukraine's air defense forces have displayed their professionalism and resilience in repelling these airstrikes. The city's residents face nightly turmoil, but thanks to the effectiveness of the defense measures, casualties and damage to infrastructure have been minimized. The ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia remains a cause for concern, emphasizing the need for diplomatic efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution.