Kiev. Russia has accused Ukraine of carrying out its biggest drone attack yet. At the same time, Ukrainian officials said that two people have died in the Russian attack on Kiev early on Wednesday. A fire broke out at an airport in Pskov, Russia’s western region on the border with Estonia and Latvia, following a drone strike, according to the governor and local media reports.
Several more drones were shot down in Oryol, Bryansk, Ryazan, Kaluga and the area around the capital Moscow, the Defense Ministry said. Pskov regional governor Mikhail Vedernikov ordered the cancellation of all flights from the provincial capital’s airport on Wednesday so the damage could be assessed during the day. Russia’s state news agency ‘Tass’, quoting emergency service officials, has written that the attack on the airport was first reported a few minutes before midnight.
Four Il-76 transport aircraft were damaged in the attack. Some video footage and photos posted on social media showed smoke rising over the city of Pskov and massive fire. Vedernikov said there were no casualties and the fire was brought under control. According to unconfirmed media reports, the airport was probably attacked by 10 to 20 drones. Sergei Popko, head of the military administration, wrote on Telegram that Russia carried out a major attack on the Ukrainian capital Kiev using drones and missiles, killing two people and injuring another.
Popko said it was the largest attack since the spring. He said that Russia launched martyr drones at Kiev from different directions and then targeted the city with missiles through Tu-95 MS strategic aircraft. He said that more than 20 targets (drones/missiles) were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense system. However, it is not clear how many drones/missiles were launched. Popko said the casualties were caused by debris falling on a commercial building in the Shevchenkivsky district.
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