Ukraine says it shot down 16 Russian drones over Black Sea

Ukrainian air defense repelled another Russian air attack early on Friday morning, destroying 19 drones and missiles out of 28 launched, the Ukrainian military said.

"Three caliber missiles launched from the Black Sea and 16 drones were shot down. Shelling continues on an almost daily basis," Ukrainian air force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat told Ukrainian television.

"Not all targets were hit," he added.

Russia has increased the number of missile and drone attacks this month, which Kyiv attributes to Moscow's fear of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Ukrainian authorities do not report hits on critical infrastructure or military facilities.

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