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Ukraine: Russian strikes thwarted, wreckage hits buildings

 

December 15, 2022

Evgeniy Maloletka, Associated Press

A tax office building that have been heavily damaged by Russian shelling, is seen through the fence, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.

KYIV, Ukraine - Ukrainian authorities said they thwarted a Russian attack on Kyiv and the surrounding region Wednesday as their air defense system destroyed 13 explosive-laden drones, although wreckage damaged five buildings, without causing casualties.

The attempted strikes underlined how vulnerable Ukraine's capital remains to the regular Russian attacks that have devastated infrastructure and population centers in recent weeks, mostly in the country's east and south. But they also highlighted Ukraine's claims of increasing efficiency in intercepting drones and missiles, and the possibility that Patriot missiles from the U.S. may further boost defenses.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video the "terrorists" fired 13 Iranian-made drones, and all were intercepted. Such drones have been part of the firepower - along with rockets, missiles, mortars and artillery - that Russia uses to target power stations, water facilities and other public utility equipment.

https://www.startribune.com/ukraine-russian-strikes-thwarted-wreckage-hits-buildings/600235648/

 

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