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Russia shells Ukraine with drones overnight: Air defense's work reported

Russia shells Ukraine with drones overnight: Air defense's work reported Photo: Overnight, Ukrainian air defense in the south destroyed 5 out of 7 drones, with a hit in Odesa region (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of April 22, Ukraine's air defense destroyed 5 Russian Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs and 1 Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV, according to Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

According to Oleshchuk, Russian troops launched against Ukraine last night:

  • 7 Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs from Cape Chauda, Crimea;
  • 3 S-300/S-400 anti-aircraft guided missiles from the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region.

During the repulsion of the attack, mobile fire groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces destroyed:

  • 5 Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs;
  • 1 Orlan-10 reconnaissance UAV around 7 am.

"All drones were shot down in the Odesa region," Oleshchuk adds.

There are strikes

"Unfortunately, there are also strikes. Enemy kamikaze drones hit the territory of a farm. Warehouse buildings and agricultural machinery were damaged.

No people were injured," the Southern Defense Forces Telegram channel writes.

Russian shelling of Ukraine

In recent weeks, the issue of strengthening Ukraine's air defense has become more acute amid massive Russian strikes on energy and civilian infrastructure. This led to the convening of the latest meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council, during which President Volodymyr Zelenskyy outlined Kyiv's urgent needs to NATO defense ministers. During a press conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that in the end, Ukraine's allies agreed to strengthen its air defense and more.