At night, on May 4, 2023, the enemy launched another drone attack from the north (Bryansk region) and south (eastern coast of the Azov Sea), according to the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The invaders used up to 24 Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones.
This time, air defense forces intercepted and neutralized 18 Shahed-136/131 drones and one reconnaissance drone.
The air defense forces engaged the enemy in northern, central, and southern Ukrainian regions. The defenders used anti-aircraft missile systems, fighter aircraft, and mobile fire teams.
The aftermath of the night attack on Kyiv
According to preliminary information, our air defenses neutralized all the enemy missiles and UAVs in the airspace over Kyiv. The head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, Serhii Popko, reported this on Тelegram. An air raid alert was declared for more than 3.5 hours in the capital.
According to the operational summaries, there were no casualties among civilians and no damage to residential houses or infrastructure.
"The shooting down of enemy aircraft in the Shevchenkivskyi, Pecherskyi, and Podilskyi districts of the capital resulted in about ten fragments falling on different streets of the capital. The falling fragments caused some damage to parked cars and the road surface. No casualties were reported," Serhii Popko wrote.
He noted that this was the third attack on the capital during the four days of May. The head of the Kyiv administration emphasized that the city hadn’t suffered such intensive attacks since the beginning of the year.
The aftermath of the night attack on Odesa
Ukrainian air defenses neutralized half of the Shahed-131/136 drones launched by the enemy on the night of May 4 in the sky over Odesa.
A total of 15 kamikaze drones attacked the city from the Azov Sea, according to Serhii Bratchuk, Head of the Public Council under the Odesa Regional Military Administration. Twelve of them were shot down, and another three hit dormitories of an Odesa educational institution. The fire was promptly extinguished. No casualties were reported.
Bratchuk later published photos of fragments of the drones shot down over Odesa. They bore inscriptions saying "For Moscow" and "For the Kremlin".
"Their ‘For Moscow’ will over time become our ‘For Moscow’," Bratchuk noted.
Context. On the night of May 3, Ukrainian cities were attacked by 26 Shahed drones, of which 21 were shot down.
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