Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi rocked by huge explosion after Russia sent 21 drones into army missile silo, sparking massive fireball that ‘injured 30 people’
- Reports say only two of the victims were hospitalized of the ‘nearly 30’ injured
The Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi was rocked by a huge explosion after Russia allegedly sent 21 drones into an army silo, setting off a massive fireball that injured dozens of people.
Vladimir Putin appears to be targeting ammunition warehouses in western Ukraine as the Kiev counteroffensive approaches.
According to the Khmelnytskyi Oblast State Administration, only two of the victims were hospitalized out of the “nearly 30” injured.
On the night of May 12, the Russians allegedly attacked Ukraine with Shahed drones.
The air raid alert sounded at 3:05 a.m. and less than an hour later residents heard loud explosions.
Four drones struck an army installation causing an explosion that damaged nearby residential properties, as well as other buildings. Another 17 drones were shot down by air defense.
The Ukrainian town of Khmelnytskyi was rocked by a huge explosion after Russia sent 21 drones into an army silo, setting off a massive fireball that injured dozens of people.
Vladimir Putin appears to be targeting ammunition warehouses in western Ukraine as Kiev counteroffensive approaches
The military administration of Khmelnytskyi Oblast said: “Today the enemy again attacked Khmelnytskyi with a strike drone, hitting one of the critical infrastructure in the region, located outside the settlements .
“However, at the moment we have 21 injured. Two of them have been hospitalized, the others have received medical assistance and have been transferred to outpatient care”.
Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said: “Unfortunately, not all drones were destroyed that night – 17 out of 21 drones. There are four hits in the Khmelnytskyi region.
Ihnat noted that Russia is launching drones in different directions.
Mayor Oleksandr Simchyshyn confirmed that almost 30 victims are known, he said: “The degree of injuries is low, mainly cuts from broken glass and shock injuries from falling doors, ceilings, etc. There is no threat to people’s lives.”
A resident of the village of Oleshin, located not far from the explosion, said vsim.ua: ‘It was so strong. I have an 8 month old baby, she even jumped on the crib.
“After the first explosion, we all woke up and went down to the basement. 3-4 explosions were also heard from there.
“They were so strong that the plaster in the cellar fell off. The child was shivering, afraid and crying at every noise.
“In our house, the metal front door was almost bent in half. The window is completely gone. The people of the village had such troubles. Some had their roofs, balconies and front doors completely blown off.