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Russia launches 15th mass aerial assault against Ukraine this month, targeting Kyiv

by Olena Goncharova May 29, 2023 5:49 AM 2 min read
A view of evening skyline with the Motherland Monument and embankment of the Rusanivskyi Canal on August 19, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Artem Gvozdkov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Russia launched a new wave of air attacks against Ukraine in early hours on May 29 using drones and cruise missiles, with the Kyiv City Military Administration saying that defense forces shot down over 40 targets.

According to officials, Kyiv experienced Russia's 15th air assault on the city in May, marking the second consecutive overnight attack of similar intensity. Fortunately, no significant damages or casualties were reported in Kyiv.

"Another challenging night for the capital," Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko wrote on his official Telegram. "However, thanks to the professionalism of our defenders, there were no damages or destruction of infrastructure and other facilities, including residential buildings, as a result of the barbaric attack against Kyiv." There were no injured or casualties, according to the mayor.

In its Monday attack Russia used a combination of Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones and cruise missiles, the city's military administration said.

Klitshcko reported that debris  from a number of Russian aerial objects that were shot over the capital in the early hours of May 29 fell onto the roof of a one-storey private residence in Kyiv’s Podilskyi District, as well as in the Sviatoshyn and Holosiivskyi districts.

Air raid alerts were activated early on May 29 in all Ukrainian Oblasts. Air defense was at work in Odesa, Vinnytsia, Poltava oblasts, as well as western Ukraine's Lviv, and Khmelnytskyi regions.  

Several explosions reported in Kyiv, authorities say air defenses at work
A number of explosions were heard in Kyiv just after 3 a.m. local time, as reported by a Kyiv Independent journalist. City Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said on Telegram that first responders were en route to the Holosiivskyi District located in the southwestern part of Kyiv.
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