Support The Moscow Times!

Ukraine Says Targeted by Overnight Drone Attack

Iranian drones Shahed 136 displayed during the annual rally commemorating Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution on Feb. 11, 2023. Sobhan Farajvan/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press Wire

Ukraine said Saturday it was struck overnight by a volley of explosive drones, some of which reached the relatively peaceful Lviv region in the war-battered nation's west. 

Russia regularly pounds Ukraine with missiles, artillery and drones, often prompting painful power cuts that have blocked people from warming their homes or getting drinking water. 

"Around 21:00 on March 17, 2023, the Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with Iranian-made kamikaze attack drones of the Shahed-136/131 type," Ukraine's air force said in a statement on Telegram.

It added that 11 out of 16 drones were "destroyed."

According to the air force, the attack was launched from the Sea of Azov and from Russia's Bryansk region that borders Ukraine.

Some of the drones targeted the western Lviv region.

"Around 1:00 am our region was attacked by kamikaze drones of the Shahed 136 type. According to preliminary information there were six of them," regional governor Maksym Kozytski said. 

He added that three were shot down, while three other drones "hit non-residential premises" in the Yavoriv district, causing damage but no victims. 

In the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region, three drones were shot down by air defense, regional council head Mykola Lukashuk said.

"Two others hit a critical infrastructure facility in Novomoskovsk," Lukashuk added.

He said the attack caused a fire and "significant" damage. 

According to Lukashuk, the fire destroyed four houses and damaged six others. Nobody was injured.

Drones also targeted the capital Kyiv, according to the city's administration.

"Our air defense forces destroyed all air targets," it said on social media, adding that there were no victims or damage.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more