The heat is on once more as Russia and Ukraine traded the first round of a winter drone campaign, deepening a confrontation that has been ongoing for months on end.

This latest exchange comes as no surprise, with Kyiv launching a series of strikes, including targeting Moscow, just a day after a record-breaking barrage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukrainian territories.

Recent Events in the Conflict

Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that within 24 hours, 24 Ukrainian drones were intercepted and shot down over the country, including Moscow, Tula, Kaluga, Bryansk, and Smolensk oblasts.

Additionally, over 50 UAVs were downed over the Russian-occupied regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

“Seventeen HIMARS MLRS (multiple launch rocket systems) projectiles have been intercepted over the past 24 hours,” the ministry added, as cited by CNN.

Amidst these clashes, the Ministry intercepted two S-200 anti-aircraft missiles over the Sea of Azov, repurposed by both sides to target ground installations.