Ukraine announced on Wednesday that six Russian spy balloons were spotted in the sky over Kiev. They were all shot down by the Air Force.
Ukraine said the balloons triggered air raid sirens.
BREAKING: Six Russian balloons spotted over Kyiv, most shot down, Ukraine’s military says
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) February 15, 2023
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🇺🇦🇷🇺 Ukraine’s military says six Russian balloons were spotted over the capital Kiev on Wednesday before being shot down by air defences. pic.twitter.com/6H7I40k1Vi
— European Insider (@Europa_Insider) February 15, 2023
More… Romania and Moldova were not concerned.
⚡️According to unconfirmed sources from both sides, this video reportedly shows the “reflective balloons” Russia was flying over central Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.
Although Romania and Moldova then said there was no danger and didn’t look deeper into this. pic.twitter.com/mMSkpdFBwV
— War Monitor (@WarMonitors) February 14, 2023
Radio Free Europe reported:
Authorities in Kyiv said on February 15 that the city’s air-defense forces shot down “most” of what they said were six Russian balloons that appeared over the city and might have carried intelligence equipment or reflectors to interfere with the air-defense system of Ukraine. The statement also suggested that the Russian side may have sent the balloons in an attempt to detect and exhaust Ukrainian air-defense units. There has been no comment on the balloons from the Russian side.
This was reportedly one of the balloons shot down on Wednesday.
Downed balloon with reflectors shot down over Ukraine. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat:
Balloons with radar corner reflectors seen over the Kyiv region were launched by Russia as decoys to deplete and distract Ukrainian air defence. pic.twitter.com/26FnYlmvv2
— Koba (@Roberto05246129) February 15, 2023