Ukraine downs 36 drones, Russian rebels bare mission
Air defense forces protect Kyiv from drone strikes
SERGEY BOBOK/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE RUSSIANS fighting on Ukraine’s side attend a presentation for the media in northern Ukraine, not far from the Russian border, after infiltrating Russia’s Belgorod region.
Ukraine’s leader and military said Thursday it shot down 36 drones before the unmanned aerial vehicles could drop bombs on Kyiv.
“The enemy continued to terrorize Ukraine by launching 36 Shaheds. None reached their target,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a social media post.
“I’m grateful to our air defense forces for the 100 percent result,” he added.
Ukraine’s military chiefs said the three-hour air attack of the capital was the twelfth this month.
The attack followed the reported incursion of Russia by anti-Kremlin rebels who crossed the border from Ukraine on Tuesday.
Moscow said Wednesday the incursion was repulsed with 70 of the attackers killed by air strikes and artillery fire.
The Russian Volunteer Corps and Freedom of Russia Legion, which claimed responsibility for the cross-border attacks, denied suffering mass casualties and said they returned to Ukraine as their operations continue.
In a press conference in northern Ukraine not far from the Russian border,
RVC leader Denis Kapustin hailed their mission as a success and said only two of his fighters were lightly wounded.
Kapustin was flanked by around 30 fighters in camouflage and their faces concealed by scarves.
He said they were fighting against “injustice” and “torture” under President Vladimir Putin, spurring other Russians to act.
“I want to prove to them (Russians) that you can fight against tyrants and that Putin’s power is not boundless,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse.
RVC leader Denis Kapustin hailed their mission as a success.
Ukraine “did encourage us” and did not provide weapons or equipment or instructions for this mission, Kapustin added.
Meanwhile, Russia’s FSB security service said on Thursday it has arrested two Ukrainians who had allegedly tried to blow up some 30 power lines of nuclear power plants in Leningrad and Kalinin in early May.
The FSB also arrested two Russians who helped the saboteurs and is looking for a third suspect who remains at large.
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