Kyiv reports six Russian planes destroyed by drones in Ukraine conflict

Ukraine has launched a drone attack in southern Russia, claiming to have destroyed six Russian planes at an airbase in the Rostov region. Security sources suggest that eight more aircraft were severely damaged and 20 service personnel may have been killed or injured in the attack. The Morozovsk airbase houses Su-27 and Su-34 aircraft that are utilized on the front line in Ukraine.

There has been no official response from Russia regarding the reported airfield attack, and the BBC has not been able to independently verify the claims. Russian officials have stated that over 40 drones were aimed at the region bordering Ukraine, suggesting a possible overwhelming of air defenses due to the large number of drones utilized in a short time frame.

In response to the drone attack, Russian missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia resulted in four deaths and over 20 injuries, with damage to residential buildings reported. The city of Kharkiv also experienced aerial bombardment, causing explosions and damage. Additionally, Russia targeted Odesa and Dnipropetrovsk regions and Kharkiv with drones and missiles, resulting in damage to energy facilities and residential buildings.

The Russian defense ministry reported drone attacks on Saratov, Kursk, Belgorod, and Krasnodar regions, with all drones being shot down. In Rostov’s Morozovsk district, an electrical sub-station was hit, leaving 600 people without power temporarily. There was also damage to a residential block, with eight people injured by explosives detonating on a fallen drone during the investigation.

Ukraine has been escalating drone attacks on Russian targets, including military and energy facilities, as it faces ammunition shortages in the ongoing conflict. The country has set a goal of producing a million drones domestically this year.

Overall, the situation in Ukraine and Russia remains tense, with continued military actions and attacks occurring in various regions. The conflict between the two countries shows no signs of abating, with both sides engaging in offensive maneuvers and retaliatory strikes.

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