One killed, four injured in Kyiv as Russia fires missile and drone salvo at Ukraine

Officials say 20 Iranian-made drones and two cruise missiles shot down; some injuries caused by falling debris

A high-rise residential building damaged by remains of a shot-down Russian drone in Kyiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, July 13, 2023. (Genya SAVILOV / AFP)
A high-rise residential building damaged by remains of a shot-down Russian drone in Kyiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, July 13, 2023. (Genya SAVILOV / AFP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine said Thursday it had downed 20 Russian attack drones and two cruise missiles in an overnight attack that killed one and wounded at least four in the capital Kyiv.

“We have a successful air defense operation,” air force spokesman Yuriy Ignat told national television.

“Twenty Shaheds were destroyed — all those flying were downed.”

The 20 Iran-made Shahed attack drones were destroyed “mainly in the Kyiv region,” Ukraine’s air force said in a separate statement on Telegram.

The drones had “entered the capital from different directions,” Kyiv’s military administration said on Telegram earlier, adding air defense had destroyed “about a dozen” in the city’s airspace.

Falling debris was reported in five city districts, it said, adding that a 19-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man had been hospitalized with shrapnel wounds.

A hallway in an apartment building is covered with drops of blood in Kyiv, Ukraine, following a series of Russian air attacks targeting the capital city, July 13, 2023. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Two people were wounded in Darnytsky district “as a result of falling debris,” Sergiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s military administration, wrote on Telegram.

It was unclear if they were the same two people.

Emergency services were responding to calls in Solomyansky, Shevchenkivsky, Podilsky and Darnytsky districts following “explosions in the capital,” Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said earlier.

In Podilsky district, firefighters discovered the “body of one dead person,” Klitschko posted on Telegram.

Klitschko also said two people had been “hospitalized” in Darnytsky district after falling debris damaged a residential building.

It was not clear if they were the same two people mentioned by the military administration.

Two others in Shevchenkivsky district had been treated at the scene, Klitschko said.

Debris litters a damaged room of an apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, July 13, 2023, following Russia’s air attacks targeting the capital city. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Fires broke out in an apartment building in Shevchenkivsky and in a non-residential building in Podilsky district, he said, adding emergency services were on site.

A picture posted on Telegram by Kyiv’s military administration showed a room in a high-rise building with part of its wall blown out, in what it said was the result of falling debris in Darnytsky district.

Ukrainian air defenses also destroyed two Kalibr cruise missiles during the night, Ukraine’s air force said on Telegram.

It said an Iskander-M ballistic missile had also been launched from Crimea, a southern peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

Information was “still being clarified” regarding the missile launch, it said.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure:
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.