Ukraine says it destroyed 34 of 44 drones launched by Russia

Firefighters inspect a ruined building in Russian controlled Donetsk in eastern Ukraine (AFP)

Ukraine's Air Force said on Thursday its air defence systems shot down 34 of 44 Shahed drones that Russia launched overnight, military and regional officials said the attack caused no casualties.

"Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units and mobile fire groups were engaged to repel the attack," the military said on the Telegram messaging app.

The military said Ukraine's southern Mykolaiv, Odesa and central Kirovohrad regions had been targeted. It said Russia also launched missiles at Mykolaiv.

"Our air defence forces did an excellent job," Odesa regional governor Oleh Kiper said on Telegram.

"No hits or destruction. There were no casualties. There were only a few small fires on dry grass as a result of the falling wreckage of the downed Shahed."

Ukraine's southern seaport region of Odesa has been hit by Russian drone and missile attacks since July, when Russia left a UN-brokered grain export deal that allowed Kyiv to ship its grain abroad.

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