All Kinzhal hypersonic missiles targeted Kyiv, Air Forces reveals details of Russian overnight attack

16 May, 12:35 PM
The flash from the explosion of the rocket lights up Kyiv. May 16, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

The flash from the explosion of the rocket lights up Kyiv. May 16, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russian forces targeted Kyiv with six Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles launched from six MiG-31K supersonic interceptor aircraft, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said on national television on May 16 following an intense overnight attack on Ukraine’s capital.

"We know that this aircraft (the MiG-31K) is a carrier of Kh-47 (Kinzhal) aeroballistic missiles. Thus, six such missiles were sent towards the capital, all of which were downed by our air defense system," he said.

Invading Russian forces also attacked Ukraine from south, from warships deployed in the Black Sea. Nine Kalibr cruise missiles flying in various directions were shot down.

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Three other missiles, likely S-400 or Iskander-M, were also downed. Their type is still being verified, but it is known they were flying on a ballistic trajectory, Ihnat said.

Air raid sirens sounded in most of Ukraine's region in the early hours of May 16. They sounded twice in the capital — from 2.24 a.m. until 4.01 a.m. and from 4.21 a.m. until 5.33 a.m.

Russia launched cruise missiles at first and then UAVs. Most of them were shot down over Kyiv, with debris falling in four districts across the city.

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