In a grave turn of events, on the night of Thursday, September 7, the Russian Federation initiated an aerial onslaught on the Sumy and Odesa Regions of Ukraine, deploying a fleet of attack drones. The Air Defense Forces, however, successfully neutralized 25 enemy UAVs, as confirmed by a statement released by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) on Telegram.
Details of the Assault
The occupiers orchestrated multiple waves of Shahed-136/131 attack drones, dispatching them from various compass points, including the northern, southeastern, and southern directions (Kursk, Primorsko-Akhtarsk – RF, Cape Chauda – temporarily occupied Crimea).
Altogether, Russian forces targeted Ukraine with a total of 33 Shaheds. The Air Force Command underscores that the majority of these drones were headed towards the southern regions of the Odesa Region.
Air Defense Triumphs
The Air Force Command reported, “According to the results of combat operations conducted by the forces and resources of the Air Force, in collaboration with the anti-aircraft defense of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, 25 Shahed-136/131 were eliminated.”
As previously covered by Ukrainian News Agency, prior assaults using Shaheds inflicted damage on Odesa, particularly impacting port infrastructure and an elevator.
In the night preceding Wednesday, September 6, Russian forces targeted the Odesa Region with Shaheds, resulting in the tragic loss of one life.