We are on the 504th day of the Russian-Ukrainian war in Ukraine. Kiev came under attack by Russian kamikaze drones for the second night in a row, the head of the military command, Sergei Popko, reported the Western The Guardian.
Air raid sirens sounded for more than two hours in the Ukrainian capital and other parts of the country while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is in Lithuania for a NATO meeting in Vilnius. The Ukrainian leader will meet with US President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders later in the day.
Russian Attacks in Kiev for Second Night in a Row
According to updates in the last few hours, Russia launched a wave of kamikaze drone attacks against Kiev and the wider region for the second night in a row, the Ukrainian military said during the day.
According to preliminary data from the country's military, there are no reports of casualties or significant damage. Most drones appear to have been intercepted before reaching their targets.
"The 504th day of the Russian attack on Ukraine. The enemy has launched yet another air attack on the capital," said Sergei Popko, head of the Kyiv military administration, on his Telegram channel.
Reuters witnesses in Kiev heard the explosions in the city, as well as the sounds of air defense systems intercepting enemy aerial objects. It is unknown how many Iranian-made Shahed drones Russia launched and how many of them were intercepted.
Air raid sirens sounded for more than two hours in Kiev and other parts of the country as fighting continued unabated as NATO leaders gathered for a meeting the Kremlin has criticized.
However, according to information from the Ukrainian air force on Telegram, which is cited by the famous CNN, the Ukrainian air defenses shot down 11 of the 15 Shahed-type drones that the Russians deployed today.
The night before, Russia launched an attack with 28 drones over Kiev and the southern port of Odessa, with Ukrainian systems said to have shot down 26 of them.
Zelensky is meeting Biden Today
President Zelenskiy will meet with NATO leaders on the second day of the summit in Vilnius for the opening meeting of the NATO Council on the Ukrainian crisis. This council was created to improve relations between Kiev and the 31 members of the North Atlantic military alliance.
Zelensky will meet individually with US President Joe Biden, whenever he will ask the US leader for weapons and ammunition.
Finally, the meeting is expected to conclude with promises from the US, Britain, France and Germany for additional military support packages for Ukraine in its war with Russia.