On Tuesday night, two people were killed and six were wounded in Russian attacks on the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Kharkiv. According to Ukrainian officials, Ukrainian air defenses successfully shot down nine out of ten Russian drones that were used in the attack.
In Donetsk, a hospital was hit by missiles, causing damage to two buildings and injuring six civilians. The minister of interior, Ihor Klimenko, announced on Telegram that one worker also died in a coal mine that was damaged in the attack. There were initially 39 miners trapped, but they have all been pulled out. The town of Selidove has been largely under Russian control for several years now, with Moscow seeking to capture the entire region.
In Kharkiv, one person was killed in the Russian bombing as reported by the governor Oleh Sinehubov. However, Reuters was unable to verify these reports. It is unclear what specific targets were hit by the Russian bombs in this city.
The attack involved Shahid-type kamikaze drones of Iranian production. These drones are known for their lethal capabilities and have been used by Russia in previous attacks against Ukraine’s military infrastructure. The successful shooting down of nine out of ten Russian drones overnight on Tuesday is a testament to Ukraine’s air defense capabilities and their ability to effectively counter Russian aggression.