Russian officials must be reeling in utter disbelief after Ukraine claimed six of their most sophisticated missiles were blasted out of the sky in an incredible night of drama over Kyiv.
When Ukraine’s Defense Express outlet reported that just one Kh-47 “Dagger” missile had been shot down with a U.S.-made Patriot air defense system earlier this month, it prompted fury in Russia.
On Saturday, U.S. officials told CNN that the Russian missile attack on May 5 was targeting the Patriot itself. Russian officials called the interception “wishful thinking”—even as Ukrainian and U.S. officials made statements to the contrary. The Kremlin had believed these weapons were all but “unstoppable.”
Those Russian claims were left in disarray early Tuesday when a further six Kh-47s were reportedly shot down in a single night.
In one of the most intense aerial assaults on the capital since the war began, Ukrainian air defenses took down 18 missiles that were targeting the city.
The night sky over Kyiv was rocked by explosions as the newly-arrived Patriot missile defense system responded to an unprecedented, coordinated barrage of missiles.
Six of the highly acclaimed Kh-47 missiles were launched from MiG-31K aircraft, three cruise missiles were fired from land, and a further nine Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from the Black Sea. [Continue reading…]