Missiles used in mass attack on Jan. 14 launched from Belarus, says aviation expert

15 January, 05:36 PM
Consequences of Russia's shelling of Kyiv. January 14, 2023 (Photo:КМВА/Telegram)

Consequences of Russia's shelling of Kyiv. January 14, 2023 (Photo:КМВА/Telegram)

The missiles that hit Kyiv on Jan. 14 almost certainly came from Belarus, Valeriy Romanenko, aviation expert and leading researcher at the State Aviation Museum, told Radio NV.

"I wonder where they fired these missiles from,” he said. 

“Because if they fired missiles with a range of 200 km from the Russian territory, even from the place where the borders of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus converge, they still could not have reached the Holosiiv and Darnytsa districts, where they fell. That is, the attack was carried out from the territory of Belarus with 99% [certainty].”

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According to the expert, the capital could have been struck using S-300 or S-400 missile systems:

"For Kyiv, this is the first attack with anti-aircraft missiles,” said Romanenko.

“More long-range missiles were used against Kyiv, if indeed these are anti-aircraft missiles that flew on a ballistic trajectory. These are 48H6 missiles, which are not only more long-range, but also carry a heavier warhead."

The expert also suspects that Russia may have used Iranian missiles against Ukraine for the first time.

Russian troops attacked the Ukrainian capital with S-400 (S-300) anti-aircraft guided missiles on Jan. 14, reported Ukraine’s top general, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi.

Meanwhile, Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat specified that the Russian military attacked Kyiv with missiles flying from the northern direction on a ballistic trajectory.

"We do not have the capabilities to detect and shoot down ballistic missiles," Ihnat said, explaining why explosions in Kyiv were heard prior to the commencement of an air raid alert.

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