Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Russia: Russia used latest hypersonic missiles to attack Ukraine, nine killed – Usky News

KYIV: Russia launched its biggest airstrikes in weeks on Thursday, hitting targets across Ukraine with a complex barrage of weapons, including its latest hypersonic missiles, said to have been launched last week by a pro-Ukrainian armed group in Bryansk. A retaliatory action was taken for a retribution. territory of Russia. At the end of weeks of relatively calm in Kiev and other cities, Ukrainian officials said the attacks killed at least nine people across the country, knocked out power in several areas and damaged three power plants.
According to Ukraine’s air force, the strikes included six new hypersonic missiles, known as Kinzhels or Daggers, the most Russia has used in a single wave since the war began a year ago. Ukraine said 81 missiles were fired overnight and 47 had hit targets by morning. This is a higher proportion of strikes than missiles achieved by Russia in barrages in recent months.
Russia fired 48 air-launched missiles of various types, including its most advanced missiles called Kinzhals – which fly at several times the speed of sound and carry nuclear warheads with a range of over 2,000 km have been created. Ukraine’s military says it does not have an air defense system capable of shooting down Kinzhal. Russia is believed to have just a few dozen Kinzels, which President Vladimir Putin regularly touts as a weapon that NATO has no answer to.
Twenty Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov. Russia sometimes directs these missiles to follow the looping paths of Ukraine’s major rivers, enabling them to fly low and avoid terrain. Russia also launched a barrage of 13 older S-300 missiles, anti-aircraft missiles that Russia has repurposed to hit ground targets as it runs low on other types, and eight Martyr explosive drones.
Five people died in their homes when a rocket hit a residential area in the western region of Lviv bordering Poland, local officials said, and one person was killed in the Dnipropetrovsk region in central Ukraine. In the north, in the Kharkiv region near the border with Russia, 15 missiles targeted infrastructure and a residential building, the head of the region’s military administration said on a telegram. Officials said three people were also killed in Russian shelling in the southern city of Kherson. In the capital, Kiev, two massive explosions an hour apart injured at least two residents and sent plumes of black smoke billowing from the city centre, windows rattling and cars engulfed in flames. An official in Kiev said at least one hypersonic missile appeared to have hit the capital.
Head of UN nuclear agency issues impassioned plea after Russian occupiers temporarily cut it off following attacks Zapsorizia nuclear plant in Ukraine from external power lines and forced it to switch to diesel generators. According to Rafael Mariano Grossi, this was the sixth time since the invasion that the Zaporizhzhia facility needed to be transferred to its emergency power supply. Referring to the possibility of a nuclear accident, he said, “If we allow this to continue time after time, one day our luck will run out.” Later in the day, the nuclear plant was reconnected to the power grid, Ukrainergo, the national electric utility, said in an update on Telegram.
The Ukrainian president said, “The occupiers can only terrorize civilians. That’s all they can do. But that won’t help them. That won’t absolve them of responsibility for what they’ve done.” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement, describing the attacks in 10 regions. In the capital Kiev, the seven-hour alert through the night was the longest of Russia’s five-month air campaign.


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