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Peculiarities of shelling of Ukraine and Russia's plans for drone attacks - Air force spokesman

Peculiarities of shelling of Ukraine and Russia's plans for drone attacks - Air force spokesman Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (mil in ua)
Author: Maria Kholina

During the latest attack on Ukraine, Russian military forces employed kamikaze drones and a variety of missiles, including Iskander and Kh-59. It is highly likely that the enemy will intensify their use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the coming days, according to Colonel Yurii Ihnat, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force Command.

"In addition to drones, we have also detected the use of Iskander (cruise missiles) and Kh-59 missiles, with the exact number still being verified. This is something we have been talking about a lot lately - attacks by various types of UAVs, both offensive and reconnaissance in nature. These reconnaissance UAVs act as fire spotters, providing the enemy with a comprehensive picture of our positions, and their usage is on the rise," he explained.

Ihnat pointed out that during the attack on the night of September 26, a total of 38 UAVs were launched from two directions - Cape Chauda (Crimea) and Primorsko-Akhtarsk (Russia).

"These drones traveled in different directions, each with a pre-programmed route set by their operators before the mission. This time, we managed to destroy 26 UAVs," he said.

The spokesperson admitted that it was not possible to achieve the same result as the day before, because "kamikaze drones are resilient against electronic warfare and are therefore challenging targets for air defense systems."

"It's possible that the enemy will employ drones in even larger numbers in the future. Therefore, we must continue to seek rational means for their detection and elimination," Ihnat concluded.

Shelling of Ukraine on September 26

During the night of September 26, air raid alarm was announced in Ukraine due to the threat of kamikaze drone attacks. Air defense systems were activated in some regions. Later, it was revealed that the kamikaze drones had targeted Odesa and Kryvyi Rih, as well as the Cherkasy and Mykolaiv regions. In total, Russian occupiers launched 38 kamikaze drones on Ukraine during the night, with 26 successfully intercepted. Due to the overnight Russian attacks in the Odesa region, the border crossing point with Romania is temporarily closed, and train services between Mykolaiv and Kherson have been restricted.