Russia’s Largest Drone Strike on Kyiv Since Launch of Full-Scale Invasion — What You Need to Know

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readNov 25, 2023

On Saturday, 25 November 2023, Russia launched its most intense drone strike on Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, since the start of the full-scale invasion in February 2022.

“Kyiv was the main target,” Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk wrote on his Telegram channel. Other regions were targeted as well, however.

Russia launched 75 Iranian-made Shahed drones against Ukraine in the early morning, of which reportedly 74 were taken down by Ukrainian air defenses.

Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv city administration, said that this attack was “the most massive air attack by drones on Kyiv.”

As many turn their geopolitical focus elsewhere, Vladimir Putin is trying to take advantage of the diverted attention.

We are reminded yet again that Ukraine is still at war across its territory. Russia can launch an attack on Kyiv without serious repercussions. It will be able to do this until Ukraine wins the war.

“Our soldiers shot down most of the drones. Unfortunately, not all.” — Volodymyr Zelensky

Kyiv. Photo by Margarita Marushevska on Unsplash

Russia launched its attack on Ukraine on the morning of Holodomor Memorial Day. The holiday commemorates the famine that hit Soviet Ukraine, including neighboring Soviet republics, in light of Joseph Stalin’s collectivization policies in the early 1930s.

The Holodomor (literally translating to “Hunger Plague”) is recognized as genocide in Ukraine because of the millions of Ukrainians who died as a result of it from 1932 to 1933. The holiday is marked on the fourth Saturday in November.

The exact day may have been irrelevant to Russia, however.

As mentioned in my introduction, the overarching timing might have more to do with the international focus on Israel and Gaza, in light of a proposed temporary pause and release of some hostages from both Hamas and Israeli authorities.

With the focus understandably elsewhere, Putin and his military commanders seek to take advantage of wavering focus.

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Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | RA for EUROPEUM Prague | 700+ articles with 1+ mil. views