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Ukrainian air force downed 21 Russian drones, missiles in overnight attacks: Kyiv

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Ukraine said Wednesday that its air force had destroyed nearly two dozen Russian attack drones and several missiles in Moscow’s latest aerial assault on targets across the country.

Officials in Kyiv say Russian forces have been stockpiling drones and missiles for systematic attacks on Ukraine’s struggling energy grid over winter months.

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“In total, the strike involved: 21 Shahed-136/131 strike drones; three X-59 guided missiles,” Ukraine’s air force announced on social media, claiming to have downed all the drones and two of the missiles.

It said it used fighter jets, anti-aircraft and mobile air defense units to down the drones and missiles in southern and central regions of Ukraine.

It added that the third missile, which was not downed, did not reach its target. There was no immediate comment from the Russian side.

Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure last winter left millions in the cold and dark for extended periods.

The Kremlin said Kyiv was ultimately responsible for not entering negotiations.

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