(Kyiv) At least two civilians were killed overnight in Ukraine in air and artillery attacks carried out by Russia, which for its part was targeted by around twenty Ukrainian drones.
The Ukrainian air force said it had shot down only 15 of 35 Russian explosive drones and none of the two missiles that targeted the north, east, center and south of the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is asking his allies for more means for its anti-aircraft defense, stressed that since the beginning of the year, “Russia has launched more than 330 missiles of different types and around 600 attack drones on Ukrainian cities.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed to have destroyed 21 Ukrainian drones during the night from Monday to Tuesday above the annexed Crimean peninsula and the regions of Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga and Tula, without reporting any damage or losses. victims.
In Ukraine, drones were shot down over southern, central and northern regions of the country.
Russia also tried to “strike energy and fuel infrastructure, civilian and military sites” near the front line, added the Ukrainian air force without detailing the damage caused by the twenty drones which did not were not shot.
Ukraine also indicated that two S-300 missiles had been fired against the Donetsk region (east), killing at least one person in Myrnograd, according to local authorities.
“A 38-year-old woman was killed in the attack as she cycled home from work. A 50-year-old woman was injured,” said the Donetsk prosecutor’s office.
In the southern region of Kherson, divided by the front and partially occupied, a man was killed and his wife injured in the night by Russian artillery fire on the village of Bilozerska, the regional prosecutor’s office said.
In Mykolaiv (south), a truck carrying sunflower seeds caught fire after debris fell from a downed Russian drone, injuring the driver, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.
In the Kharkiv region (east), two men aged 52 and 61 were injured in a drone attack, according to Governor Oleg Synegoubov.
Ukraine faces air attacks almost every night, sometimes suffering dozens of missile and drone attacks targeting urban centers.
For months, Ukrainian forces have responded by launching their own drones and missiles against Russia, sometimes also causing civilian deaths. The Russian border region of Belgorod is particularly targeted.
But above all, Ukraine needs more ammunition and weapons for its anti-aircraft defense.
“To resist this terrorist pressure, a solid air shield is necessary, and it is this type of shield that we are building with our partners,” insisted again on Tuesday President Zelensky, whose country aims to master the air in 2024.
But in the United States, Ukraine’s main supporter, the continuation of aid is in question due to the internal political battle pitting Democrats against Republicans in the run-up to the presidential election scheduled for November.
The European Union (EU) must meet at a summit on Thursday to find a solution to its own internal blockage on the issue, a veto from Hungary, the only EU member to maintain close ties with Moscow and which paralyzes assistance to Ukraine for the moment.
In this tense context, the Ukrainian and Hungarian foreign ministers met on Monday in western Ukraine to try to ease tensions.
After six hours of negotiations, Ukrainian Minister Dmytro Kouleba welcomed a “constructive” dialogue with his counterpart Peter Szijjarto, who came to Ukraine for the first time since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022.
After the failure of their summer counter-offensive, Ukrainian forces are under pressure from the Russians on several parts of the front. The Russian army notably increases its attacks on Avdiïvka, in the east. On Tuesday, a 47-year-old woman was killed there in a bombing, according to local authorities.