Russia launches S-300 missile attack on Zaporizhzhya Oblast overnight

5 November 2022, 11:54 AM
The Russians struck the Zaporizhzhia region with S-300 missiles (Photo:Олександр Старух/Telegram)

The Russians struck the Zaporizhzhia region with S-300 missiles (Photo:Олександр Старух/Telegram)

The Russian invaders carried out an S-300 missile attack on Vilne in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, the region’s governor reported on Telegram on Nov. 5.

Three enterprises and numerous cars were damaged, but there were no fatalities or injuries, Zaporizhzhya Governor Oleksandr Starukh said.

A gas pipeline was damaged in the result of the attack. A fire broke out, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, the governor said.

The S-300 is an anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile system, but its missiles can be retooled to attack ground targets.

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There is speculation in Ukraine that Russia may be resorting to the use of such missiles, which are less accurate that the Kremlin’s cruise and ballistic missiles, because its stocks of these weapons are running low.

This speculation has been reinforced by media reports that Iran is to supply Russia with some of its short-range ballistic missiles, as well as more flying bomb drones.

Ukraine suffered attacks on its energy infrastructure almost weekly in October, leaving large parts of the country short of energy, and subject to rolling blackouts to conserve electricity.

Ukraine has been pleading for modern air defense systems from its partners since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion and war on the country on Feb. 24, but only after the attacks on its energy infrastructure began in earnest in October did the West deliver or promise to deliver the most modern and effective systems.

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