Ukraine affirmed this Tuesday that he demolished six Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in a new night attack with missiles and drones against kyiv.
“Another incredible success from the Ukrainian Air Force! Last night, our sky defenders shot down SIX Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and 12 other missiles,” Defense Minister, said on Twitter. Oleksiy Reznikov.
Ukraine claimed a week ago that it shot down a Kinzhal hypersonic missile for the first time using US-supplied systems.
Kinzhal (“dagger” in Russian) missiles are more difficult to intercept than other types of missiles.
The Russian president himself Vladimir Putinpresented this missile in 2018 and described it as an “ideal weapon” due to its difficulty to be intercepted.
kyiv received its first Patriots in mid-April, one of the most advanced air defense systems in USAwhich he used to shoot down the first Kinzhal missile.
It was not specified which system had been used to shoot down the Kinzhal missiles in tonight’s attacks.
Some debris fell in several neighborhoods of kyiv, including in the zoo of the Ukrainian capital, injuring three people, according to the mayor of the capital, Vitali Klitschko.
kyiv’s military administration said Tuesday’s attack, the eighth this month in the capital, included drones, cruise missiles and probably ballistic missiles launched “simultaneously from different directions”.
The district Solomyansky Kiev, where the international airport is, was the most damaged, with a fire in a non-residential building.
According to messages from the mayor Vitali Klitschko on Telegram, three people were injured in Solomyansky while remnants of missiles fell on the residential district of obolonsky.
The new attack against kyiv came after Zelensky announced his return after a European tour, in which he won weapons promises.
“Back home with (…) new and powerful weapons for the front,” Zelensky declared in a video addressed to his citizens, after the three-day tour that took him to UK, France, Germany and Italy.
During the trip, Zelensky again called for combat aircraft, despite the fact that the countries of the NATO have so far refused to provide this type of aircraft.
However, the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunakconfirmed that the UK will help Ukraine to train pilots as part of his support and the French president, Emmanuel Macronannounced to have “opened the door to train” Ukrainian “pilots” from now on.
Zelensky also stated that he had discussed with Sunak the creation of a “coalition of fighter jets” and said he hoped to reach an agreement soon to obtain such aircraft.
“We want to create a coalition for the planes and I am very optimistic about it, we have talked about it and I think it will happen very soon, they will find out about decisions that I consider very important,” he said before the cameras.
(With information from AFP)
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