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Russia launches drones and missiles at Ukraine overnight: Air defense in action

Russia launches drones and missiles at Ukraine overnight: Air defense in action Photo: ir defense systems shot down 14 out of 20 drones during the July 10 shelling of Ukraine (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of July 10, Russian troops attacked Ukraine with drones and missiles. Ukrainian air defense shot down 14 of the 20 drones, according to Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

"On the night of July 10, Russia attacked with one Iskander-M ballistic missile and four Kh-59/Kh-69 guided missiles from the occupied Crimea, as well as 20 Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs from the Kursk region," he says.

As a result of combat operations, 14 Shaheds were shot down in Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Dnipro, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia and Rivne regions. The Russian occupants launched the drones from the area of Primorsko-Akhtarsk (Russia) and Cape Chauda (Crimea).

"Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, calculations of mobile fire groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, and electronic warfare units were involved," Oleshchuk adds.

Russian shelling of Ukraine

After midnight, an air alert was declared in many regions of Ukraine. The reason was another launch of Shahed-type attack UAVs by Russia. Later, explosions occurred in Odesa.

According to Oleshchuk, missiles attacked the port infrastructure of the Odesa region. As a result of active countermeasures, 3 Russian Kh-59/Kh-69 missiles and three attack UAVs did not reach their targets.

In addition, Russia attacked a power facility in the Rivne region with attack drones.