Ukrainian Military Shoots Down Russian UAVs in Attack on Kiev Region
The military authorities in Kiev, Ukraine have reported that their air defense forces successfully shot down all unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in a night-time attack on the Kiev region. The attack, carried out by Russia, occurred on the morning of July 25 and marked the sixth such attack on Kiev this month.
Details of the Attack and Ukrainian Response
Serhiy Popko, the leader of Kiev’s military agency, has provided details about the attack. He stated that Russia utilized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) similar to the Shahed model developed by Iran for the raid on Kiev. However, the Ukrainian air defense system successfully intercepted and shot down all the Russian UAVs. Fortunately, no casualties or significant damages have been reported as a result of the attack.
Alerts and Warnings Issued by Ukrainian Air Force
The Ukrainian Air Force issued a three-hour air strike alert starting from around 1:40 am on July 25. This alert was in response to the Russian attack and was aimed at preparing for any potential new air strikes by Russia using ballistic missiles. These potential strikes were feared to target the eastern and southeastern regions of Ukraine.
Escalating Tensions and Previous Incidents
The recent attack on Kiev comes after Russia accused Ukraine of using two UAVs to attack Moscow. One of these UAVs crashed near the headquarters of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russian officials condemned the act as a terrorist action and pledged to respond with strength.
Reports from Western media, citing sources in the Ukrainian military, suggest that the attack on Moscow was a “special operation” conducted by Ukrainian intelligence. These reports also indicate that more similar attacks are planned in the future. The escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine pose significant concerns for the region.
US Stance and Intelligence Leaks
During a press conference on July 24, Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, made it clear that the United States does not support Ukraine’s attacks on Russian territory. Earlier this year, leaked US intelligence documents revealed that Ukraine had plans to use UAVs to conduct attacks within Russian and Belarusian territories. This stance contradicts the desires of Washington and the broader Western community.
Additional Attacks and Ukraine’s Response
Apart from the attack on Kiev, Russia has also launched multiple attacks on the city of Odessa and various other towns in Ukraine. These attacks followed an explosion on the Crimea bridge on July 17, which resulted in damage to the structure. Ukrainian officials have claimed that the Crimea bridge was attacked by a suicide boat.
Current Situation in Russia-Ukraine Conflict
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate with each new attack and response. The situation remains tense, and the international community closely monitors the developments in the ongoing conflict. The implications of these attacks go beyond the immediate region, highlighting the need for diplomatic resolutions and de-escalation efforts.
By Nguyễn Tiến (Theo Reuters)