Ukrainian anti-aircraft defences kicked into action before dawn on Tuesday, intercepting a flurry of Russian drones and missiles fired at the capital Kyiv.
“The enemy launched a complex attack from several directions and simultaneously, using drones, cruise missiles and probably ballistic missiles,” military authorities in Kyiv wrote in a statement posted on Telegram.
“It was exceptional in its density, a maximum number of missiles in a very tight time frame. According to the first information, the vast majority of enemy targets in the sky of Kyiv have been detected and destroyed,” it added.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported shortly before the city’s anti-aircraft defences were at work, detailing that drone wreckage and missile remains had fallen in the south of the city.
Ukrainian air defense successfully shot down all of the 18 Russian missiles targeting Ukraine overnight, including six Kinzhal ballistic missiles, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, and the Air Force said on May 16.