The Ukrainian Air Force said on Tuesday (October 2nd) that it had shot down 29 drones and a missile launched by Russia in a new series of night attacks on its neighbor.
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The Ukrainian air defense has "destroyed thirty targets": 29 Iranian-made Shahed 131/136 drones as well as an Iskander-K cruise missile, the air force said on Telegram.
More than 500 Shahed drones used by the Russians in September
In total, Russia launched 31 drones and a missile from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, the air force added. The Russian military, which launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, attacks various Ukrainian regions almost every night using drones and missiles.
In September, Moscow used more than 500 Shahed drones against Ukraine, a record, according to Ukrainian consulting group Defense Express, which predicts even more active use by Moscow of these cheap but exhausting Ukrainian air defenses.