Russia reports thwarting massive Ukrainian drone attack

The attack, described by Russian officials as an attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack, targeted various regions of Russia.

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced that it successfully repelled a large-scale Ukrainian drone offensive, intercepting a total of 120 unmanned vehicles in a single night. According to the ministry’s statement on Friday, Russian forces shot down 114 aerial drones and destroyed six naval drones in the Black Sea.

The attack, described by Russian officials as an attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack, targeted various regions of Russia. Crimea bore the brunt of the assault, with 70 drones intercepted over its territory. The southern Krasnodar Region saw 43 drones shot down, while one was intercepted in the Volgograd Region. The Russian Black Sea fleet was credited with neutralizing the six unmanned surface vehicles.

Veniamin Kondratyev, governor of Krasnodar Region, reported significant damage to civilian infrastructure. In the city of Krasnodar, a boiler facility near the Yuzhny bus terminal was hit, resulting in one fatality and several injuries. The governor also noted damage to administrative buildings at an oil refinery in the city.

The Defence Ministry later reported the interception of an additional three drones in Russia’s Bryansk Region, which borders Ukraine.

These attacks are part of an ongoing pattern of Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian border regions since the conflict began in February 2022. Recent months have seen an escalation in attempts to target Russian oil refineries and storage facilities using long-range kamikaze drones.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited these attacks as justification for intensifying strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure and military-industrial facilities. Putin emphasized that the timing of Russia’s increased bombing campaign was deliberately set to coincide with warmer weather to minimize humanitarian risks associated with potential power outages.

As the conflict continues, both sides appear to be escalating their use of unmanned vehicles in warfare, presenting new challenges for defence systems and civilian protection. The international community continues to monitor the situation closely, with concerns about the potential for further escalation and the impact on civilian populations in both countries.