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Ukrainian defenders shot down 29 out of 30 enemy missiles during the Russian night attack

On the night of May 17-18, Russia launched 22 Kh-101/Kh-555, 6 Kalibr, and 2 Iskander-K cruise missiles at Ukraine. Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 29 out of 30 missiles, 2 Iranian-made Shahed-136/131 drones, and 2 reconnaissance UAVs.

At night, Russian forces carried out the 9th aerial attack on the Ukrainian capital since the beginning of May. All enemy targets in the airspace of Kyiv were detected and destroyed. However, fallen debris was recorded in the Desnianskyi and Darnytskyi districts of the capital. In the Darnytskyi district, it caused a fire in the territory of a garage cooperative. No casualties were reported, stated Serhii Popko, Head of the Kyiv City Military Administration.

Late in the evening of May 17, Russian invaders also launched an air attack on the South of Ukraine, including a missile strike on Odesa. The Ukrainian air defense forces shot down most enemy targets, but there were hits on industrial infrastructure. As a result, one civilian was killed, and two were injured.

On May 18, an enemy target also hit an infrastructure object in the Khmelnytskyi region. No casualties were reported, and information regarding the extent of the damage is still being determined, the Khmelnytskyi Regional Military Administration reported.

Due to the night’s missile attack by Russian forces, a fire broke out in a workshop for manufacturing wooden products in the Vesnianska territorial community of the Mykolaiv region. Firefighters extinguished the fire, covering an area of about 200 square meters. There were no casualties, as reported by the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Mykolaiv region.

In the Kirovohrad region, fallen debris damaged the houses of local residents. During the night’s air alert, 3 Russian missiles were reported to hit a field in the Zhytomyr region, while another enemy target was successfully shot down. There were no casualties in both cases.