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Russia Launches Largest Drone Attack So Far In Ukraine's Kyiv, Wounds 5 Civilians Including A Child

In the entirety of the attack, Russia deployed 75 Shahed drones of Iranian origin against Ukraine, with Ukraine's air force reporting the successful destruction of 74 of them through air defences.

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Russia launched its largest drone attack so far on Ukraine on November 25, 2023.
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Russia launched a vigorous drone attack on Ukraine on Saturday morning, the largest one since the onset of the full-scale invasion in 2022, specifically targeting the Ukrainian capital, as confirmed by military officials.

In the entirety of the attack, Russia deployed 75 Shahed drones of Iranian origin against Ukraine, with Ukraine's air force reporting the successful destruction of 74 of them through air defences.

“Kyiv was the main target,” Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk wrote on his Telegram channel.

The attack was “the most massive air attack by drones on Kyiv,” said Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv city administration. Ukrainian air force spokesman Yurii Ihnat confirmed later that the air defences shot down 66 air targets over the capital and surrounding region throughout the morning.

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At least five civilians were wounded in the hourslong assault, which saw several buildings damaged by falling debris from downed drones, including a kindergarten. The wounded included an 11-year-old child, according to Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

In the city's Solomiansky district, debris left a crater in the courtyard of a residential area, and the windows of a nearby building were blown out. Residents, most of them elderly, received medical attention at the scene. Others took shelter in a nearby subway station. As people were clearing up debris and broken glass in the neighbourhood, the hum of a fresh wave of drones could be heard nearby.

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The assault on Kyiv began at 4 am, local time, continuing in waves for more than six hours, and caused power outages in 77 residential buildings and 120 institutions, according to Popko. Ukraine's Energy Ministry said 17,000 people were without power in the Kyiv region as a result of the attack, noting that four power lines were damaged. Power was restored in the early afternoon.
     “Our soldiers shot down most of the drones. Unfortunately, not all,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Telegram. “But we continue to work to strengthen our air defense and shoot down more.”
     The attack was carried out on the morning of Holodomor Memorial Day, which commemorates the manmade famine in Soviet Ukraine that killed millions of Ukrainians from 1932 to 1933. It is marked on the fourth Saturday in November.
     Speaking at the Grain from Ukraine summit on Saturday, which saw leaders and parliamentary representatives from Belgium, Ireland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia meet with Zelenskyy in Kyiv to discuss global food security, the Ukrainian President warned that “if (Russian President Vladimir) Putin could arrange another Holodomor for Ukraine, he would do it”.
     Besides Kyiv, the Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv and Kirovohrad regions were also targeted.
     Meanwhile, shelling killed one person and wounded three in the southern Kherson region, regional Gov Oleksandr Prokudin said Saturday. According to Prokudin, the region had been shelled 100 times over the previous 24 hours.

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