Ukraine air defense fends off yet another missile attack

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Ukraine shot down 10 missiles and over 20 drones launched by Russia in overnight attacks on the capital Kyiv, the city of Dnipro, and eastern regions, Ukrainian officials said on Friday. Russia has intensified missile and drone attacks on Ukraine this month, mainly attacking logistics and infrastructure facilities before an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive.

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The Ukrainian air force said it had shot down 10 missiles fired from the Caspian Sea, 23 Iranian-made Shahed drones, and two reconnaissance drones It said a total of 17 missiles and 31 drones had been launched during the attacks, which started at around 10:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Thursday and continued until 5:00 a.m. on Friday.

According to officials, several drones and missiles struck targets in the Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk regions. There were no immediate reports of deaths. “It was a very difficult night. It was loud - the enemy launched a mass attack on the region with missiles and drones,” Serhiy Lysak, the Dnipropetrovsk regional governor, said on the Telegram messaging app. ”Dnipro has suffered.”

According to Lysak, several houses, cars, and private businesses, including a transportation company and a gas station, were damaged. According to Kyiv officials, the roof of a shopping mall, a private house, and several cars were all damaged.

The governor of the Kharkiv region also reported damage to several private houses and industrial facilities. Russia, which began its full-scale invasion 15 months ago, has launched hundreds of missile attacks since last October, seeking to destroy critical infrastructure and power facilities.

It has shifted the focus of its missile strikes to try to disrupt preparations for a Ukrainian counterattack, military officials have said.