Russia launched a massive wave of missiles and rockets on targets across Ukraine on Thursday. Including launching a rare hypersonic missile.
When Vladimir’s invading troops Putin failed to advance on Ukrainian defenses on ground in Donbas. The Kremlin leader has therefore ordered a massive mobilization of Russian arsenals in the first large-scale terror attack since mid-February.
Massive amount of weapons deployed This included at least 81 missiles and 8 Iranian Shahed drones that exploded, pointing to an attempt to dominate Ukraine’s air defenses. This was bolstered by recent support from coalition governments. More than 12 deaths have been confirmed as rockets hit targets in and around the area. capital city kiev and several cities including Kharkiv, Odessa and Lviv in the west of the country.
The missiles also provide power to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest. Cut off from Ukraine’s electricity grid. the official said He warned of potential disasters from the United Nations nuclear agency.
“Occupiers can only intimidate civilians. That’s all they can do,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement reported by Reuters. “But it won’t help them. They will not shy away from responsibility for everything they do.”
The Ukrainian Air Force said The attack consisted of at least six hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, which could travel at five times the speed of sound. Russia used missiles against individual targets during the year-long war. But this was the first time they were used in large numbers in pre-dawn normal attacks. Its main purpose was to undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people in the war.
This could be viewed as a warning from Moscow to the West that more sophisticated weapons are at their disposal. Kinzhal missiles, or “daggers,” can carry nuclear warheads. or a sign that cheaper cruise missile options are running out.
According to Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 34 cruise missiles were intercepted. The same goes for 4 drones, which means most of them pass through the target. Electricity is said to have been cut off by half of the inhabitants of Kiev. With thousands of people taking refuge in the cold underground tunnels. and the air-raid sirens sounded for a full seven hours.
“I heard the explosion very loud, very loud. We jumped out of bed and saw a car on fire. Then other cars also caught fire. Broken glass on balconies and windows,” Lyudmila, a 58-year-old Kiev resident, told Reuters. “How do they do this? How is it possible? they are not human I don’t know what to call them.”