The spokesman for the Command of the Ukrainian Air Force, Yuriy Ihnattoday urged the international community to strongly condemn the use of Kh-22 missiles against the civilian population, such as the one that left at least 23 dead and more than 70 injured yesterday in the city of Dnipro.
”The use of such a missile in a densely populated city is, in fact, terrorism against the civilian population. It is a Kh-22 missile, an old Soviet missile, still developed in the Soviet Union, which caused so much pain to the residents of Dnipro yesterday.”Ihnat said on a Ukrainian television program, quoted by Ukrinform.
He also referred to the missile attack on a shopping center in the city of Kremenchuk last June that left twenty dead.
“What happened in Kremenchuk, in Dnipro and in other cities where this missile was used must be condemned by the world community in the strongest possible way,” he urged.
He recalled that the Russian forces have already used more than 210 missiles of this type in Ukraine since the beginning of the large-scale invasion on February 24.
He added that to destroy these missiles, Ukraine needs modern air defense systems capable of attacking ballistic targets: the Iskander, possible Iranian-made missiles, if Russia receives them, and also one of the most powerful and imprecise missiles, such as the Kh- 22.
”We have been saying for more than half a year that we do not shoot down Kh-22 missiles. We shot down Kalibr, Kh-101, Kh-555, Kh-59. The fact that we did not shoot down Kh-22 missiles is obvious, it is impossible to shoot them down, the radar cannot catch this target and cannot hit it”, he explained.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Russian attack with a Kh-22 missile yesterday afternoon on a multi-storey residential building in Dnipro rose to 23.
”According to the State Emergency Service, as of 1:00 p.m., 23 deaths are known, including a child; 72 people were injured, including 13 children,” according to a statement from the Dnipro city council.
In addition, 39 people could be rescued, including six children, and 43 people are listed as missing.
The missile impact destroyed 72 apartments corresponding to two blocks of stairs and damaged more than 230 homes.
The residents of 236 apartments, which corresponds to more than 400 people, will possibly have to be rehoused.
the russian advance
Russia assured today that it is advancing on the northern outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, in the eastern region of Donetsk, and the Sol train station, west of the town of Soledar, which Moscow took for granted on the night of the 12th. .
The Russian Ministry of Defense indicated in its daily war part that, in the direction of Donetsk, Russian troops “they continued success in the direction of the northern outskirts of the city of Artemovsk (Bakhmut) of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Sol railway station”.
The military spokesman, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, said that more than 80 Ukrainian soldiers, two tanks, three armored combat vehicles and three cars were destroyed on this front in the last 24 hours.
Defense assures that the capture of Soledar, which Ukraine denies, will allow cutting the supply routes of Ukrainian troops in neighboring Bakhmut and encircling kyiv’s forces in that city.
Russia has been trying unsuccessfully for months to take Bakhmut, located about 60 and 45 kilometers southeast of the Ukrainian strongholds of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, respectively.
(with information from EFE)
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