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Air Force: Ukraine downs 4 of 7 drones launched by Russia overnight

by Martin Fornusek October 2, 2023 9:05 AM 1 min read
Remains of a Shahed 136/131 drone at an exhibition showing remains of missiles and drones that Russia used to attack Kyiv on May 12, 2023, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo credit: Oleksii Samsonov /Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Ukrainian forces shot down four of the seven Shahed-136/131 "kamikaze" drones launched by Russia overnight, the Air Force reported on Oct. 2.

According to the report, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) were launched from the southeastern direction, specifically from Primorsko-Akhtarsk in Russia's Krasnodar Krai.

Natalia Humeniuk, the spokesperson of the Southern Operational Command, said on air that Russian forces launched only a small number of drones along an unusual route, likely in an attempt to locate Ukraine's air defense batteries.

Three drones were shot down near Kryvyi Rih in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and one was destroyed in Kherson Oblast, she said.

However, some of the UAVs managed to hit their targets, Humeniuk added. Damage was reported at an unspecified industrial facility, as well as at an agricultural company building in the Kherson district, according to the spokesperson.

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