Hours before NATO summit, Russia attacks Ukraine with 28 drones

2023-07-11 11:00:12 | Last Update : 2023-07-11 11:07:56

As NATO leaders prepared to discuss security measures against the Moscow threat in Lithuania, Russia launched drone strikes on Kyiv and Odessa just hours before the summit began. Of the 28 kamikaze drones launched, 26 were reportedly shot down.

Hours before NATO summit, Russia attacks Ukraine with 28 drones

Russia launched 28 kamikaze drones at Odessa and Kyiv's southern port early Tuesday, the Ukrainian military said, just hours before the start of a NATO summit in Lithuania that will address how to address security against Moscow's threat.

The Ukrainian Air Force said 26 of the Iranian-made Shahed drones launched by Russia were shot down. Two drones hit an administration building in the port and a terminal near the harbor caught fire, Odessa's governor said. He said the fire was quickly extinguished and caused no critical damage or injuries.

The military said all drones sent to Kyiv had been intercepted, but debris damaged some homes in the area. It was the second time Kyiv has been attacked this month.

Tuesday's summit in Vilnius will be dominated by the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as leaders approve NATO's first comprehensive plans since the end of the Cold War to defend against an attack from Moscow.

Russia has lashed out at NATO over its support for Ukraine, but the alliance is intent on stepping up security measures against Russia. 

As the war enters its 503rd day, Russia continues an occupation with no end in sight. So far, thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced. Many cities have been reduced to rubble and their infrastructure has been badly damaged.

Source: Reuters

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