Russia attacks energy sites in Ukraine's western Ivano-Frankivsk & Khmelnytsky oblasts in mass drone attack

Mobile fire groub to combat drones (archive photo)
Mobile fire groub to combat drones (archive photo)

Explosions were heard in Ivano-Frankivsk and Khmelnytskyi oblasts as Russian troops launched a wave of Shahed kamikaze drones against Ukraine’s western oblasts overnight on April 18.

No casualties have yet been reported.

Ivano-Frankivsk was Russia's main target of the attack.

The Russians attempted to strike critical infrastructure objects with drones during the morning attack, Svitlana Onyshchuk, Ivano-Frankivsk Governor, reported at 8:28 a.m. EET.

"All Shahed drones have been neutralized,” she said.

“Fires started due to falling debris - fortunately, leading to no casualties. Emergency services are on site. The situation is under control." 

Several kamikaze drones were neutralized as "dozens of drones" were spotted in Western Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk Mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv said an hour earlier.

"Prykarpattia did not escape the Russian threat either.”

Martsinkiv did not report any hits or damages.

Explosions rang out in Ivano-Frankivsk at around 7 a.m.

Russia's Shahed drones were seen approaching the city from the southeastern direction a few minutes before the attack, with Ukraine's Air Force urging citizens to stay in shelters.

Explosions were also heard in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Suspilne reported at 2:30 a.m.

The first Air Force reports about the attack came at about midnight, as groups of drones were spotted maneuvering over the Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, and Cherkasy oblasts.

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Enemy tactical aviation was also operating in Ukraine’s northeast.

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