General Kyrylo Budanov vows retaliation following recent attack on Kyivwith the chief of Ukraine's military intelligence issuing a strong warning in response to the barrage of Russian missile strikes on Kyiv. General Kyrylo Budanov stated that Monday's attacks, though intended to instill fear, did not deter the resilient residents of the capital who resiliently carried on with their daily lives.
It was confirmed that all the missiles were successfully intercepted, preventing any casualties. Nevertheless, fragments of the intercepted missiles ignited and landed in residential sections of central Kyiv.
Following two consecutive nights of intense drone strikes, the Ukrainian capital experienced yet another assault on Monday, marking the sixteenth aerial attack on Kyiv this month. This particular incident stood out due to its unusual daytime timing and its apparent focus on the city center, contrasting with previous May strikes that predominantly targeted vital infrastructure and air defense systems on the outskirts.
General Budanov expressed his intention to unsettle those supporting Russia by highlighting the resilience of the people in Kyiv. Despite the attack, the general emphasized that the citizens remained undeterred and steadfastly continued their daily activities.
General Budanov said in a statement published by Ukraine's intelligence ministry.
All those who tried to intimidate us, dreaming that it would have some effect, you will regret it very soon. Our answer will not be long.- Chief of Ukraine's military intelligence, General Kyrylo Budanov
As per reports, a lone individual sustained injuries, while Ukrainian air defenses successfully neutralized all the missiles launched. Russian authorities claimed their intended targets had been struck.
Air raid sirens were reportedly activated in multiple Ukrainian regions, indicating a heightened state of alert. Military commanders in Kyiv accused Russia of adopting a new strategy, deliberately directing attacks toward civilian populations.
The apparent objective of Moscow's actions seems to be an escalation of pressure on Ukraine, potentially in anticipation of an upcoming counter-offensive. According to Oleksandr Scherba, the ambassador-at-large at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the recent days have presented significant challenges for the residents of Kyiv.
According to his statement:
Almost every night, the skies look and sound like another Star Wars episode, but we don't feel much of Russian rockets hitting their targets here within the city area. And this is all thanks to the decent countries, decent people of the world who gave us this air defence.- Oleksandr Scherba, the ambassador-at-large at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Kyiv residents taking shelter in a metro station
Mr. Scherba highlighted that the current situation in the capital made it far from ordinary, emphasizing that the drone attacks and sleepless nights had unfortunately become a part of their daily routine.
Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed admiration for Ukraine's air defense forces on Sunday, commending their efforts in thwarting the largest drone attack Kyiv has experienced since the conflict began.
After military commanders confirmed that the majority of the Russian-launched drones had been successfully intercepted, President Zelensky praised the troops, declaring, "You are heroes."
In recent attacks carried out since Russia's full-scale invasion in February 2022, a combination of kamikaze drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles have been utilized by Russian forces. Analysts suggest that Moscow's objective is to weaken and inflict damage on Ukraine's air defense capabilities in preparation for an anticipated counter-offensive.
Ukraine has been diligently preparing for a counter-offensive over the course of several months, aiming to maximize training for its troops and acquire military equipment from its Western allies. On Monday, the governor of the Russian region of Belgorod reported that Ukrainian forces simultaneously launched shelling on several frontier settlements.