Ukraine unable to shoot down Kh-22 missiles, says Air Force

15 January, 04:41 PM
A destroyed house in Dnipro due to a Russian attack (Photo:t.me/dnipropetrovskaODA)

A destroyed house in Dnipro due to a Russian attack (Photo:t.me/dnipropetrovskaODA)

Ukraine's air defense is unable to shoot down Kh-22 missiles, the type of missile Russia used in a recent attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro on Jan. 14, Ukraine’s Air Force Command said on Facebook on Jan. 15.

Five Kh-22 cruise missiles were fired from five Tu-22M3 long-range Russian bombers during the Jan. 14 mass missile attack. Additional missiles were launched from Russia’s Kursk Oblast and the Sea of Azov.

One of the Kh-22 missiles, which was launched from Kursk Oblast at about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, hit a high-rise residential building in the city of Dnipro.

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While Ukrainian radar detected the approximate location of the missile’s launch, altitude, and flight speed, it was unable to shoot it down.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine have no firepower capable of shooting down this type of missile,” the Air Force said.

"Since the beginning of Russia's military aggression, more than 210 missiles of this type have been launched at the territory of Ukraine. Not a single one has been shot down by air defense systems."

The Kh-22 has a maximum range of up to 600 km, though it can deviate from its planned target by hundreds of meters.

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