Russia targets Ukraine facilities involved in drones production: MoD
The Russian MoD says 15 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed by Russian air defense systems in one day.
Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed that it hit "the facilities of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine," which is involved in the production of drones.
In a statement, the Russian Ministry said the strikes destroyed "storage facilities and launch sites" for the drones, adding that "the aim of the strike was achieved."
"The plans of the Kiev regime to carry out terrorist attacks against Russia in the near future have been thwarted," the statement read.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, said two people died in Kiev and the southern region of Kherson, and 50 were injured as a result of the Russian strikes.
Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of targeting its military sites and infrastructure.
Russian army destroys 15 Ukrainian drones: Defense Ministry
In the same context, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday that 15 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were destroyed by Russian air defense systems in one day,
"During one day, 15 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed by air defense systems in the areas of Maksimovka, Nikolayevka, Nikolskoye, Metallist, Zelyony Gai and Slavnoye, in the Donetsk People's Republic, Ploshchanka, in the Lugansk People's Republic, Tsapovka in the Belgorod Region, Ocherevatoye, in the Zaporozhye Region, Ochakov in the Nikolaev Region, Liman Vtoroy, in the Kharkov region, and Dzhankoy, in the Republic of Crimea," Konashenkov said.
On Thursday, Russian forces shot down a drone near Engels, a base for strategic aircraft, located hundreds of kilometers from Ukraine's border.
Russia also said on Monday it downed a drone over Engels airfield and that falling debris killed three people.
On December 5, Moscow said Ukraine's Soviet-made drones had attacked that base and another in the Ryazan region, leaving three people dead.
According to TASS, since the start of the Ukraine war, "the Ukrainian military has lost 355 aircraft, 199 helicopters, 2,779 unmanned aerial vehicles, 399 anti-aircraft missile systems, 7,350 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 957 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,756 field artillery pieces and mortars have been destroyed, as well as 7,859 special military vehicles."