Kyiv says 13 Russian drones shot down overnight amid ‘difficult’ battle to defend Bakhmut


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UKRAINE’S AIR FORCE has said it shot down 13 explosive drones launched from southern Russia overnight after air raid sirens sounded for hours in Kyiv. The air force said on Telegram that Russian forces had launched 15 Iran-made Shahed drones from the Bryansk region northeast of Kyiv, 13 of which Ukrainian forces shot down. Russia has been launching missile and drone attacks against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure since October, spurring Kyiv to bolster its air defence systems with Western help. In Kyiv, air raid signals rang out for several hours early this morning and the authorities said air defences were triggered...