War in Ukraine, day 710 | Kyiv says it shot down nine Russian drones out of 14 launched overnight

(Kyiv) The Ukrainian Air Force said Saturday it had shot down nine of 14 drones launched by Russia in southern and central Ukraine overnight from Friday to Saturday.

“Ukraine destroyed nine enemy drones in the Dnipro, Odessa, Mykolaiv and Zhytomyr regions,” the Kyiv Air Force said.

Most of the Iranian-made Shahed drones targeted “energy infrastructure” in the central Dnipro region, where thousands are without power.

The power outages mainly affected Kryvyi Rig, the hometown of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The governor of the Dnipro region, Serguii Lysak, said that 15,000 residents of Kryvyi Rig were without electricity after the drone attack.

Fires caused by the strikes affected “two boiler rooms” in the city and “some families find themselves without a water supply,” he added, indicating that “no deaths or injuries” had been reported. but that two homes had been damaged.

The head of the city’s military administration, Oleksandr Vilkul, indicated for his part that energy companies would “introduce emergency cutoff times” in the city.

The Kryvyï Rig high-speed tram will stop operating and part of some hospitals will use generators.

Ukraine’s Energy Ministry said it was working to restore critical infrastructure.

Since the invasion of Ukraine began almost two years ago, Russia has targeted the country’s energy infrastructure, leaving thousands without heat during an intense campaign last year.

Fire at Russian refinery after drone attack

A fire hit a major refinery in the Volgograd region in southwest Russia on Saturday after a drone attack blamed on Ukraine, a local official said.

“Tonight, anti-aircraft defense and electronic jamming means repelled a drone attack in the Volgograd region, in the Kalachiovsky and Zakanalye districts,” Governor Andrei Botcharov said on Telegram.

“Following the fall of a downed drone, a fire broke out in the Volgograd refinery,” he added, specifying that firefighters had already brought the flames under control early in the morning. .

According to the governor, this attack did not cause any casualties.

Owned by the giant Lukoil, the refinery claims on its website to be “the largest producer of petroleum products in the Southern Federal District”, which brings together eight regions in southwest Russia.

The factory is located in the south of the city of Volgograd.

Local media outlet V1 published alleged footage of the attack showing an explosion overnight. Local residents, contacted by this media, claimed to have heard two explosions.

In a statement, the Russian army announced that air defense had shot down or intercepted with jamming systems four drones in the Belgorod region, two others in the Volgograd region and another in the Rostov-on-Don region. .

reference: www.lapresse.ca

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