Thursday, May 18, 2023

Ukraine Repels Latest Russian Missile Barrage

Earlier today, Ukraine successfully repelled another significant Russian missile attack on Kyiv, the ninth significant missile barrage this month. Of 30 cruise missiles launched in the attack, 29 were shot down by Ukrainian defense forces. From the BBC's report:

"Kyiv's authorities said it seemed all incoming missiles had been destroyed, but debris falling from the air caused some damage in two districts.

One person has been killed and two more wounded in a missile strike on the Black Sea port of Odesa, officials say.

Blasts were also heard in the central-western regions of Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky and Zhytomyr.

Overall, 29 out of 30 missiles launched by Russia overnight were shot down, Ukraine's Air Force said in a statement. [snip]

In the latest overnight attack on Kyiv, Russia used cruise missiles and reconnaissance drones, the capital's military administration said in a statement.

It said that 'a series of air attacks on Kyiv, unprecedented in their power, intensity and variety, continues'".

Air defense has become an essential part of the weaponry provided to Ukraine by NATO, allowing it to function under Russia's brutal, terroristic attacks on its civilian population. Notably, in Tuesday's mass attack, Ukraine shot down six of Russia's vaunted Kinzhal hypersonic missiles that were said by the Kremlin to be unstoppable. While Russia claimed it had destroyed a Patriot air defense missile battery in Tuesday's attack, Ukraine says the the battery was damaged but not put out of commission.

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