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Ukraine Says Russian Drone Strike On Kyiv Mostly Shot Down

Russian forces launched an air strike on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, with dozens of Iranian-made Shahed drones early on September 10, wounding one person and causing a fire near a city park, Ukrainian authorities said.

Ukraine’s air defenses shot down 25 out of 32 drones, most of which targeted Kyiv and the Kyiv region, they said, adding that the attack lasted nearly two hours.

“Drones came onto the capital in groups and from different directions,” Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s city military administration, wrote on Telegram.

Debris from downed drones fell on Kyiv’s Darnytskiy, Solomyanskiy, Shevchenkivskiy, Svyatoshynskiy, and Podil districts, according to city authorities.

One person was injured in Podil, and a fire broke out near one of the city’s parks, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. The drone debris reportedly sparked a fire in an apartment in Shevchenkivskiy, but it was quicky extinguished.

There was no immediate comment from Russia about the latest attack on Kyiv. But Russia’s Defense Ministry said its air defenses destroyed a Ukrainian-launched drone over Russia’s southwestern Bryansk region at around 8.30 a.m. on September 10.

The ministry did not immediately report any casualties or damage.

The Russian charge d’affaires in Bucharest was summoned by the Romanian Foreign Ministry on September 10, following the discovery of new fragments of a drone similar to those used by the Russian military on Romanian soil, the Agerpres website reported.

Romania said on September 9 that it found new drone fragments on its territory near the border with Ukraine, in the second such discovery in Romania in a week.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said the findings indicated there has been “an absolutely unacceptable violation of the sovereign airspace of Romania, a NATO ally, with real risks to the security of Romanian citizens in the area.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrote on September 9 on X, formerly known as Twitter, that there was “no indication of intent” to hit the alliance member, but said the findings “are destabilizing.”

With reporting by Reuters and AP

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