Ukrainian defenders shot down 11 out of 16 "shaheeds" during the Russian attack, which began on the evening of March 17 and ended on the night of March 18.
The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informs about this.
"At around 9:00 p.m. on March 17, 2023, the Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with Iranian-made kamikaze attack drones of the Shahed-136/131 type.
The attack was carried out from two directions - from the eastern coast of the Sea of Azov and from the Bryansk region of the Russian Federation," the message reads.
11 attack UAVs were destroyed by the forces and means of the Center, East and West Air Commands of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Details of the attack
On the evening of Friday, March 17, around 9:30 p.m., a large-scale air alert was announced in Ukraine.
Residents were warned about the threat of drone attacks.
Subsequently, it became known about the work of the Air Defense Forces in a number of regions, in particular, in Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions.
At approximately 10:00 p.m., explosions rang out in the Dnipropetrovsk region - in Dnipro and Novomoskovsk.
In the sky above the regional center, the locals saw a glow.
Within an hour, the Eastern Air Command was informed that two drones had targeted a critical infrastructure facility in Novomoskovsk.
However, most of the drones in the region were shot down.
There was also unrest in the western regions of Ukraine.
Thus, a high threat of kamikaze drone attacks was recorded in the Rivne region.
Maksym Kozytskyi, the head of the Lviv OVA, also warned the locals about the increased level of danger.
When the alarm was declared in the central regions, around 01:00 a.m. against Saturday, sirens wailed in the south and east.
The air danger in most regions lasted for more than four hours.
Around 02:00 a.m. - a strike across the country, except for Luhansk Oblast and the temporarily occupied Crimea (the alarm is constantly announced there).
The press service of KMVA reported that the capital's anti-aircraft defense destroyed all aerial objects with which the enemy attacked the city.
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