Russia may still have many more Kh-22 cruise missiles in storage – similar to the one used in the Jan. 14 attack on Dnipro, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said during a press briefing on Jan. 16.
“We're talking about hundreds of missiles,” said Ihnat.
“We had Kh-22 missiles in service, we handed them over to the Russians to settle (natural) gas debts. They were also decommissioned and cut into scrap metal. Some were given away, some were destroyed.”
“As fate would have it, they are now ‘returning’ to Ukraine. Here is everything you need to know about the bloodthirstiness of the Russians, about their ‘brotherly’ relationship with us. Unfortunately, they have these missiles. And they’ve been using them against Ukraine since Feb. 24 (2022).”
Ihnat added that more than 210 missiles of this type had already been launched at Ukraine, since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
The official added Kh-22 has can accelerate to about 4,000 km/h, and before hitting the target, it descends sharply – almost like a ballistic missile. The missile’s circular error probable sits at around 600 meters.
A Russian Kh-22 missile struck an apartment complex in Dnipro on Jan. 14, killing at least 40 people and injuring 75, including 14 children.
According to Ukraine’s SBU security service, 72 apartments in the building were completely destroyed, and 236 were damaged. In addition, 25 cars were destroyed in the attack.