Listen to this article Ukraine’s Air Defense Thwarts Russian Missile And Drone Incursion, Intercepting All Threats
On the night of May 15-16, Ukraine faced a formidable assault from Russian invaders. However, the Ukrainian Air Defense effectively countered the attack, intercepting all 18 missiles of various types and neutralizing the deployed Shahed drones. Let’s delve into the details of this significant defense operation.
Russian Assault and Ukrainian Response
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, reported that the Russian invaders initiated the attack around 03:30 on May 16. From the northern, southern, and eastern fronts, the enemy launched a barrage of air-, sea-, and land-based missiles. The assault involved:
- Six Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles launched from MiG-31K aircraft
- Nine Kalibr cruise missiles launched from Black Sea ships
- Three land-based missiles (S-400, Iskander-M)
In a remarkable feat of defense, Ukrainian Air Force’s air defense systems successfully destroyed all 18 missiles, ensuring the safety and protection of the nation.
Countering Drone Threats
In addition to the missile attack, the Russian invaders deployed Shahed-136/131 attack drones. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian defenders swiftly neutralized these aerial threats, preventing any potential damage or reconnaissance by the enemy.
Tactical Air Strikes and Continued Resistance
Ukrainian Air Force’s tactical aircraft played a vital role in the ongoing conflict by launching precise strikes against the occupiers’ positions. Throughout May 15 and early May 16, more than 20 group airstrikes were executed, further weakening the enemy’s capabilities and reinforcing Ukraine’s determination to defend its sovereignty.
Impact and Casualties
As the attack unfolded, an air-raid warning reverberated across Ukraine, including Kyiv and Kyiv Oblast. The capital experienced a series of loud explosions, triggering the activation of air defense systems. Fragments from downed missiles fell in various districts of Kyiv, resulting in damage to buildings and vehicles. Preliminary reports indicate three casualties in the Solomianskyi district, underscoring the seriousness of the situation
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