36 missiles fired, 16 destroyed during Russian overnight attack on Ukraine
Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 16 out of 32 Russian missiles (Photo:Command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)
The Russian military fired 36 sea and air-based missiles at Ukraine during an overnight missile attack in the early hours of Feb. 16, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said in a post on his Telegram channel.
He said 16 of the incoming missiles were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense forces.
He added that Russia fired 12 Kh-101/555 air-based cruise missiles, eight Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles, 12 Kh-22 air-based cruise missiles, three Kh-59/31 guided air missiles, and one Onyx anti-ship missile.
Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers flying over Kursk Oblast and the Caspian Sea respectively, Su-35 tactical aircraft in airspace near the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Melitopol, in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, and cruise missile carriers in the Black Sea were used for the launches.
The Ukrainian Air Force and air defense forces destroyed 14 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, Kalibr and two Kh-59 guided air missiles.
“Unfortunately, some of the Kh-22 cruise missiles reached their targets, hitting critical infrastructure facilities. Currently, (Ukraine has) no weapons capable of destroying this type of missile,” the Air Force Command said.
On Feb. 16, Russia again attacked Ukrainian cities with missiles. From 02:35 a.m. to 04:41 a.m. an air raid alert was declared in all regions.
The authorities of Lviv Oblast reported a hit on a critical infrastructure facility.
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