Ukraine says it shot down 36 Iranian-made drones in overnight Russian attack

Ukraine said on Thursday (May 25) it had shot down all 36 Iranian-made drones launched at its territory by Russia in an overnight attack, which it said was likely aimed at infrastructure and military facilities.

Ukraine’s President Vlodymyr Zelenskiy said it had been an “uneasy night” but commended the work of air defenses in shooting down the enemy craft.

“Continuing to terrorize Ukraine, the enemy used 36 Shahed (drones). None of them reached their target. Thanks to our air defense forces for the 100% result,” he wrote on the Telegram app.

Since last October, Moscow has regularly sent waves of drones to attack targets in Ukraine. Although they are slow, drones are much cheaper and more expendable than advanced missiles.

“The enemy likely aimed to attack critical infrastructure and military facilities in the western regions of the state,” Ukraine’s Air Force said on Telegram.

It said Iran-made Shahed 136 and Shahed 131 drones had been used.

The head of Kyiv’s military administration said the capital had come under attack by several waves of drones but that all had been shot down. He said it was the twelfth attack on Kyiv this month.

Regional and military authorities in southern and western Ukraine reported having shot down drones.