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Night attack on Ukraine: Odesa ports damaged, drone debris in Kyiv

Night attack on Ukraine: Odesa ports damaged, drone debris in Kyiv Consequences of the Russian night attack on Ukraine (GettyImages)
Author: Maria Kholina

On the night of August 2, Russian forces launched drone attacks on Ukraine, striking the cities of Kyiv, Odesa, and Sloviansk. Explosions were reported in these regions, with damage inflicted on port infrastructure.

Details of the Russian attack on Ukraine

After midnight, several Ukrainian regions declared an air raid alert as the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine warned of drone launches from different directions. There were reports of Shahed drones (kamikaze drones) moving over the Black Sea towards the south of the Odesa region.

The authorities also issued warnings about the threat of ballistic missile strikes. Subsequently, reports of explosions and anti-aircraft defense activity emerged from several regions.


Explosions were heard in Kyiv and its surrounding areas. The Kyiv Military Administration reported the activation of air defense systems. It was revealed that debris from the downed drones fell in the Solomianskyi, Sviatoshynskyi, and Holosiivskyi districts of the capital.

Non-residential buildings in Solomianskyi and Sviatoshynskyi districts were damaged, with fires breaking out. In Holosiivskyi district, parts of a drone fell on a children's playground.

The anti-aircraft defense successfully detected and destroyed all aerial targets - more than 10 kamikaze drones launched at Kyiv. There have been no reported casualties from the drone attack on the city.

Rescuers show photos of the consequences of the attack on the capital

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU), as a result of falling debris in the Solomianskyi district of the city, the facade of an administrative building (from the 9th to the 11th floor) was damaged.

Rescue teams examined the damaged building. No fire and no casualties reported.

Three units of regular and special firefighting and rescue equipment, along with 16 personnel, were deployed to the scene.

Photo: aftermath of the night attack in Solomianskyi district of Kyiv (

Fire in the Kyiv region
A fire broke out in a private house in the Kyiv region as a result of the fall of UAV debris. The fire has been extinguished, no injuries reported. Footage of the fire in the house was provided by the head of the Kyiv regional police, Andriy Niebytov.

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Photo: a fire in the Kyiv region caused by a downed UAV (

According to the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, shrapnel damaged the roof of a shop in another town in the Kyiv region. The consequences are currently being eliminated.

Rescuers have already reported that they had extinguished the fire in the Bucha district of the Kyiv region. No one was killed or injured.

Photo: the fire in the Kyiv region has been extinguished (

Odesa region

Russian occupiers launched drones to attack the port and industrial infrastructure in the southern part of the Odesa region. Powerful explosions were reported in the region.

"As a result of the attack, fires broke out at the region's port and industrial infrastructure facilities, and an elevator was damaged. All relevant services are working at the scene," reported the Odesa Regional Military Administration.

The head of the Odesa Regional Military Administration, Oleh Kiper, showed a photo of the destruction of port infrastructure in the region as a result of a Russian drone attack.

Photo: Destruction of port infrastructure in the Odesa region due to drone attacks (


The Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had previously warned of the potential use of ballistic missiles by Russians in the Donetsk region. During the air raid alert in the early hours of August 2, a series of loud explosions were reported in the city of Sloviansk.

Russians attacked the city with S-300 missile systems

Vadym Liakh, head of Sloviansk MVA, reported on the night attack on the city.

"There were explosions in the Lisnyi neighbourhood, near the registry office. Windows in high-rise buildings on Batyuk Street and Parkovyi Lane were blown out. Fortunately, there were no casualties and no buildings were hit," said Lyakh.

Sumy region

The Sumy Regional Military Administration announced that during the night, the region's anti-aircraft defense forces successfully destroyed an enemy Shahed drone.

Zelenskyy's response to the night attack

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has already commented on the Russian night attack. He noted that the enemy was again targeting Ukrainian foodstuff and called on the world to respond.

"Another night of war, another night of our heroic air defence's efforts. We are defending ourselves to the maximum of our capabilities. We shot down a lot of Shahed drones. Fortunately, there were no casualties. Unfortunately, there is damage. The most significant ones are in the South of the country. Russian terrorists have once again attacked ports, grain, and global food security. All our operational services worked effectively. The world must respond. When civilian ports are targeted, when terrorists deliberately destroy even grain elevators, it is a threat to everyone on all continents. Russia can and must be stopped," Zelenskyy wrote.

Air defence forces shot down 23 Shahed drones

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the enemy launched Shahed drones from three directions - Kursk, Primorsk-Akhtarsk (Russia), and Chauda (Crimea).

The Ukrainian Air Force, in cooperation with the air defence of other components of the Ukrainian Defence Forces, destroyed 23 attack UAVs overnight, with most of the Shahed drones downed in the Kyiv and Odesa regions. However, some of the drones launched by the enemy managed to hit port infrastructure in the Odesa region.

Kherson city centre under enemy fire at night and in the morning

According to the Kherson Regional Military Administration, at around 03:20, the Russians attacked a residential area of the city. The enemy once again targeted the homes of civilians. Fires broke out, but have already been extinguished.

Two people were injured. A 56-year-old woman was hospitalised in moderate condition, and a 59-year-old man was treated on the spot.

The shelling of the centre of Kherson continued in the morning. The Russian occupants hit a bank building and the home of a 78-year-old woman. The building was damaged, the woman was not injured.

Previously, the occupiers attacked the city with cannon artillery and mortars.

Photo: aftermath of the night shelling of Kherson (