On Friday, Ukrainian authorities escalated their alerts concerning aerial strikes throughout most of the country. Officials from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, stated that their defense systems have seemingly brought down more than 30 missiles and a drone launched by Russia.
Since the beginning of May, Moscow has launched nearly 20 separate missile and drone attacks on Ukrainian cities. According to the military authorities in Kiev, who relayed the information on Telegram, Russia simultaneously launched drones and cruise missiles. The statement added, “Based on preliminary information, the air defense forces detected and destroyed more than 30 aerial targets of various types in the airspace above and around Kiev.”
Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kiev, who had previously spoken about two separate waves of attacks, posted on Telegram that there were no calls for rescue services.
In contrast, Aleksandr Bogomaz, the governor of Russia’s Bryansk region, stated in a series of posts on Telegram on Friday that two villages there had been bombed by Ukrainian forces, but no injuries were reported.
Officials announced that the attacks increased from northern Ukraine, and they reported that Ukrainian forces tried to cross the border into the Belgorod region on Thursday, marking the first intrusion of its kind. Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod, said on Friday that there was at least one reported shelling incident overnight in the Shchigry district, and more than 2,500 people from the area have been evacuated.
In the same vein, Russian authorities reported that Ukrainian forces have completed forming groups to launch a counter-attack on Zaporizhia.