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Ukraine, Air Force Commander Mykola Oleschuk, shooting down Russian missiles and drones

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Ukrainian air defense shoots down 85 percent of Russian missiles and drones, said Air Force Commander Mykola Oleschuk. Since the beginning of the Russian military invasion in February 2022, 1,709 missiles have been shot down. It is not always possible to avoid casualties, which may be caused by falling fragments of downed targets.

Mykola Oleschuk recalled in a Sunday entry on the Telegram channel that in 2023, the Ukrainian armed forces managed to destroy several Russian planes that “terrorized Ukrainians by dropping guided bombs and other payloads that caused destruction.”

The commander of the air force wrote that since the beginning of the armed invasion in February 2022, Ukrainian defense has shot down 1,709 Russian missiles of various types. The Ukrainians shot down, among others, 1,045 Kh-101, Kh-555 and Kh-55 missiles, 397 Kalibrs, 62 Iskanders and 3,095 Iranian-made Shahed drones.

Ołeszczuk recalled that since May last year, thanks to the American Patriot air defense missile systems, Ukrainian troops have shot down 15 Russian hypersonic Kindzhal missiles.

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Territorial defense soldier after announcing the alarm Oleg Petrasyuk/PAP/EPA

The wreckage of a downed drone fell on a skyscraper

Despite the effectiveness of air defense, it is not always possible to avoid casualties, which may be caused by, among other things, falling fragments of downed targets. On the night from Sunday to Monday as a result of an attack Odessa One person was killed by kamikaze drones. The wreckage of the downed Shahed drone fell on a skyscraper.

“Fragments of downed drones also fell on several other residential buildings. The number of injured people is being determined,” Oleg Kiper, head of the Odessa military administration, said on the Telegram channel.

Massive shelling of many cities

On December 29, Russian forces carried out massive rocket fire on many cities in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Air Force reported that the Russians fired 158 “air targets”, i.e. missiles and drones. 87 Russian missiles and 27 drones were shot down.

The death toll from the massive attack rose to 48 on Sunday. Most people – 23 – died in Kiev.

Main photo source: Oleg Petrasyuk/PAP/EPA

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