An apartment building hit by an Iranian drone in Kyiv on May 30, 2023

Russia Attacks Ukraine With 20 Iranian-Made Drones

Thursday, 07/13/2023

Russian forces unleashed a barrage of kamikaze Iranian-made Shahed drones early Thursday morning, according to The Ukrainian military and the Kyiv city officials.

Nearly ten drones were identified and shot down, the municipal authorities wrote on Telegram.

Explosions were heard in different parts of the city, and debris from intercepted drones fell on five districts of the Ukrainian capital.

Some buildings were damaged, and two people hospitalized with shrapnel wounds.

Volodymyr Motus, a 22-year-old resident of an east Kyiv building hit by drone debris, carefully picked his way across the floor a destroyed apartment, his footsteps accompanied by the sound of shattered glass.

The mangled furniture was coated in a thick layer of dust.

“I was in my apartment and suddenly I heard a boom, that’s all. Then the alarm went off and I went down to the shelter.”

He said that some people were injured, but they were all alive.

Russia also launched 10 Iranian-made drones at other cities in the early morning, together with two Kalibr cruise missiles and one Iskander-M ballistic missiles.

Iran has supplied hundreds of Shahed drones to Russia since mid-2022, with NATO calling on Tehran to stop its military cooperation with Moscow.

Although Ukrainian forces have developed effective methods to shoot down most of the drones, Russia still uses them in swarms to overwhelm air defenses for its missiles to get through. The drones also force Ukraine to use precious anti-air missiles supplied by the West.

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