Several injured

Drone attack on Kharkiv “all night long”

21.05.2024 10:32

The Russian invaders have once again attacked Ukraine at night. The Ukrainian air defense was able to shoot down 28 of 29 combat drones sent by the Russians. However, falling debris also caused considerable damage. Several people were injured in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

"The enemy attacked Kharkiv throughout the night," the military governor of the region, Oleh Synyehubov, announced on Telegram on Tuesday morning. Debris from downed Shahed combat drones fell in several parts of the city and caused damage to buildings and vehicles. At least seven people were injured. In addition, several fires broke out and the fire department had to be called out.

Drone attacks in seven areas
According to Synjehubov, the injured include a 61-year-old man and two women aged 69 and 72. Other Ukrainian regions were also hit by Russian drone strikes during the night, including Odessa, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk. The Russian attacks took place in a total of seven Ukrainian regions, the Ukrainian air force announced on the short message service Telegram.

Exhausted firefighters rest after their mission. (Bild: APA/AFP/SERGEY BOBOK)
Exhausted firefighters rest after their mission.

The Kharkiv region in the border region is currently particularly affected by Russia's war of aggression. Almost two weeks ago, Russia's army launched a new ground offensive in the area and occupied several Ukrainian border villages. According to observers, the offensive has since slowed down, but has not come to a complete standstill.

Dead after Ukrainian attack in Belgorod
According to the local authorities, the Russian border region of Belgorod has once again been the target of a Ukrainian drone attack. One person was killed and three others injured in the village of Oktyabrsky, it was reported on Tuesday morning.

Baerbock: "Putin wants to destroy"
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who was on a visit to Kiev on Tuesday, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of targeted terror against the infrastructure and civilian population in Ukraine. "The fact that this terror against the infrastructure continues after this winter shows that the Russian president wants to destroy the country, wants to destroy people's lives here," she said during a visit to one of Ukraine's largest power plants.

The Foreign Minister was briefed by Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko on the strained energy supply at the thermal power plant, which was destroyed in a Russian missile attack. Halushchenko said that Russia had fired a total of eleven missiles at the time. Of these, only six were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system because there were no more missiles available.

Baerbock with Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haluchenko at a power plant hit by a Russian missile (Bild: AP ( via APA) Austria Presse Agentur/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Baerbock with Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haluchenko at a power plant hit by a Russian missile

In view of the fact that there is not enough air defense available in Ukraine, she appealed "to international partners worldwide that we need more air defense to protect not only large cities, but also the infrastructure," said Baerbock. Even in the warm spring days, the power supply in Ukraine had to be reduced because the central coal-fired power plants had been hit by targeted attacks.

Kremlin: Unfavorable situation for Ukraine on the front line
Meanwhile, the Kremlin attributed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's call for greater Western involvement in the conflict with regard to the Russian war of aggression against his country to the fact that the Ukrainian troops on the front were in an extremely unfavorable situation. At the same time, however, the leadership in Kiev is aware that even increasing arms supplies cannot change the dynamics on the battlefield, said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday. Zelensky has repeatedly called for more support from the West. Most recently, he called on Western allies to shoot down Russian missiles and drones over Ukraine from their territory.

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