Ukraine says it shot down 36 Russian drones and UAVs

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Ukraine claims that 36 Russian missiles and drones were shot down over Kyiv on Friday. One person was injured in falling debris and five houses were damaged. Although Kyiv claimed the missiles and UAVs were destroyed en masse, three people, including a child, were killed in an airstrike on Thursday when the shelter could not be opened.

Ukraine says it shot down 36 Russian drones and UAVs

Ukrainian forces said Friday they shot down 36 Russian missiles and drones inside the capital Kyiv. Two people were injured by falling debris.

Russia has attacked Kyiv with about 20 missiles and drones since early May. The Kremlin says the escalation in strikes is aimed at thwarting Ukrainian preparations for a major counterattack.

15 CRUISE MISSILES AND 21 UAVS SHOT DOWN

An Air Force statement said its air defenses had shot down 15 cruise missiles and 21 drones. It said a wave of drones had been launched late yesterday, followed by a volley of cruise missiles as people slept at around 0300 local time, Reuters reported.

"The occupiers are not stopping their attempts to terrorise the Ukrainian capital with strike drones and missiles," it said.

Statements by Kyiv soldiers on Telegram praised the city's defense and did not report any damage or casualties.

2 WOUNDED INCLUDING A CHILD

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, who earlier reported two separate waves of attacks, wrote on Telegram that there had been no calls for rescue services.

In the region outside Kyiv, authorities said two people were injured as a result of falling debris, including a child.

"In addition, the falling debris damaged five private houses," the state administration said on the Telegram messaging service.

A CHILD DIED AFTER A SHELTER FAILED TO OPEN

Ukraine says most of the missiles and drones used by Russian forces in the attacks have been destroyed. But Thursday's attack killed three people, including a 9-year-old girl, after a shelter in Kyiv failed to open. 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said those responsible for the failure to open the shelter and local authorities who failed to provide protection could be prosecuted.

Russian officials reported more cross-border shelling from Ukraine today and said two long-range drones had attacked fuel and energy infrastructure further north in Russia but that no fires were reported there and there were no reports of injuries. 

Source: Reuters - Malay Mail

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