Using the US-made Patriot air defense system, Ukraine downed 10 out of 10 of Russia’s “Kinzhal” Kh-47M2 hypersonic aeroballistic missiles that were fired at Ukrainian cities Tuesday, Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny posted on X.
Along with much of Kyiv, reporters at Kyiv Post woke up early on Tuesday to the sounds of explosions and shaking walls from one of the most massive Russian bombardments in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“So far this day, almost a hundred missiles of various types have been launched, and the enemy has planned their trajectories to cause as much damage as possible. This is an utterly premeditated terror,” Zelensky said Tuesday.
At least five people were killed and dozens injured, but had the missiles successfully breached Ukraine’s air defense, the results would have been devastating.
Today, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine downed 10 out of 10 🇷🇺 “Kinzhal” Kh-47M2 aeroballistic missiles with the help of the Patriot AD system. This is a record. If the missiles hit their targets, the consequences would be catastrophic. pic.twitter.com/lGJgI3EYCV
— Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (@CinC_AFU) January 2, 2024