Ukraine downed 48 drones, 5 cruise missiles overnight

Ukrainian forces successfully downed 48 Shahed-type drones and five cruise missiles during an intense overnight assault on June 7, according to an update from the Air Force.

Air raid alarms blared across several Ukrainian oblasts starting around 2:40 a.m. local time, as the drones were launched from multiple locations, including Cape Chauda in occupied Crimea, the Russian towns of Yeysk in Krasnodar Krai, Primorsko-Akhtarsk on the coast of the Azov Sea, and Kursk Oblast. Additionally, Tu-95MS bomber planes launched Kh-101 cruise missiles from Saratov Oblast, targeting critical Ukrainian infrastructure.

The Ukrainian Air Force intercepted five missiles and 48 of the 53 drones over Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv, and Khmelnytskyi oblasts. Aircraft, anti-aircraft systems, electronic warfare units, and mobile fire groups all played roles in the defense efforts.

One of the attacks resulted in a fire at an industrial facility in Kyiv Oblast, reported local governor Ruslan Kravchenko. Efforts to extinguish the fire were ongoing as of 8:30 a.m. local time. Explosions were also reported in Khmelnytskyi, Odesa, and Kharkiv oblasts, though no casualties were reported at the time of publication.

Drone attacks have become a daily reality in Ukraine, affecting numerous regions. In recent months, Russia has escalated its assaults on Ukraine's energy infrastructure, deploying massive drone and missile strikes aimed at critical facilities.

The consequences of the night attack in Kyiv oblast

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A large-scale fire broke out at an industrial facility in the Kyiv region during a Russian air attack, with rescue services working tirelessly throughout the morning to extinguish the blaze.

Ruslan Kravchenko, the head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration (OVA), reported that the enemy attacked the area with UAVs and rockets, causing an air raid alarm that lasted for four hours. "Air defense forces are working in the region," Kravchenko stated.

He added that a fire erupted at one of the industrial facilities during the attack, but fortunately, there were no casualties.

According to the State Emergency Service, fire and rescue units from the Kyiv region and the city of Kyiv responded to the incident. A fire-fighting robot and a fire station were also involved in the efforts to control the blaze.

"Once again, we call on the residents of the Kyiv region not to ignore air warning signals and to seek shelter during threats. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones," urged Kravchenko.

Difficult situation in Kyiv due to Russian attacks: some districts have no power for 20 hours

Some districts in Kyiv are facing power outages lasting up to 20 hours due to the high electricity consumption of critical infrastructure, according to Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director of the Energy Research Centre.

Kharchenko explained that Ukrenergo, Ukraine's national power company, daily allocates consumption limits to local oblast power distribution companies. A significant portion of this allocation is immediately reserved for critical infrastructure, with the remaining electricity distributed among residential and commercial consumers.

"In Kyiv, this issue is intensified because the city's critical infrastructure consumes twice as much electricity as the national average," Kharchenko said. "As a result, private consumers and businesses receive significantly less power. The outage schedule becomes more complicated, and in some parts of the city, there is no electricity for 20 hours."

Kharchenko acknowledged the challenging situation in Kyiv and expressed hope that a new methodology for calculating outage schedules would soon be implemented to better manage the power distribution and alleviate the impact on residents and businesses.

Attack on Nikopol caused a massive fire

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This morning, as a result of an attack by the occupier, a fire broke out in the private residential sector of the city of Nikopol. A house, two garages and a car were on fire. The total area of ​​the fire was 120 square meters. Rescuers extinguished the fire. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Пожежа у Нікополі внаслідок обстрілу: горіли будинок, два гаража і автівка
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