Espreso. Global
Review

Wreckage of Russian missiles flying at Kyiv analyzed by experts. Column by Serhiy Zgurets

12 December, 2023 Tuesday
12:16

The Air Force did not announce the type of missiles. Defense Express contacted experts who analyzed the missile debris at various sites. Specialists reported that Russia fired 48N6DM anti-aircraft missiles at the S-400 air defense system

Night attack on Ukraine and Kyiv

On the night of December 11, Russia attacked Ukraine with Shahed drones from the occupied Crimea, as well as with ballistic missiles. Ukraine's air defense destroyed 18 Shahed drones and 8 missiles. As for the missiles, the Russian troops struck the Kyiv region at about 4 a.m. from Bryansk region. The Air Force did not announce the type of missiles. We contacted experts who analyzed the missile debris in different areas where it was found. The Defense Express agency was informed that these were 48N6DM anti-aircraft missiles for the S-400 air defense system.

For the first time, such missiles from the S-400 system were used to strike Kyiv on January 14 this year. Then there were several more attempts. The 48N6DM missile has a longer range than missiles for the S-300 system. It has a warhead weighing 180 kg and a range of 250 km. The maximum speed of this missile for the S-400 system is 2.5 km per second. That is, the flight of this missile to 200 km takes only a few minutes. That is, first there were explosions of the air defense system, and then the air raid alert sounded.

All 8 missiles, as reported by the Air Force Command, were destroyed by anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Command Center. And this is extremely effective. We don't know what the Patriot, SAMP/T or IRIS-T missiles were shot down with - it doesn't matter, the main thing is the result. We do not rule out that Russia will continue to use the S-400 to strike Kyiv. Kyiv residents should take these risks into account.

About the front line

The overall intensity of hostilities has increased by about a quarter compared to the previous week. Currently, there are up to 100 clashes per day. Russia is trying to regain the initiative in some areas. The most active fighting is taking place in the areas of Avdiivka, Marinka, Bakhmut, and Kupyansk.

On December 11, the Land Forces commander spoke in detail about Russia's attempts to conduct combat operations in the Kupyansk area, with offensives on Synkivka. Syrskyi also said that the Russian forces have intensified combat actions in the Lyman direction in order to push Ukrainian troops beyond the Zherebets River.

Also, Russia's efforts are concentrated around Bakhmut - to the north, south and west of this settlement, which has already been destroyed, but the Russian army is trying to replay the results of the fighting around Bakhmut in a new way. They are trying to conduct combat operations in the direction of Bohdanivka, moving towards Khromove. A few days ago, they had success between Bakhmut and Ivanivske. And now they are trying to move towards Ivanivske. These are the general touches that we know.

map Bakhmut

Oles Malyarevych, a sergeant with the Achilles company of the 92nd separate assault brigade named after Ivan Sirko, said that to the south of Bakhmut, Russia continues to conduct strike and assault operations, trying to regain lost ground. Klishchiivka, Andriivka and the railroad are extremely important for them. The invaders are trying to push back the Ukrainian Armed Forces units, but they are failing. At the moment, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are engaged in active defense, and the Ukrainian infantry is moving to assault operations whenever possible to retake more strongholds. The task of the UAV operators is to destroy everything that moves towards Ukraine's infantry. With the help of drones, the guys destroy Russian infantry, strongholds, logistics, mortar launchers - everything that threatens and bothers Ukrainian defenders.

The serviceman noted that the unit destroys about 25-30 pieces of Russian equipment per month. There is already a report for November, 50 pieces of equipment were damaged. Damaged means that it hasn't detonated, so it has to be sent for repair.

International assistance to Ukraine

Let's talk about weapons, but in a different dimension, in the prospects of creating new weapons for Ukraine. On December 11, Volodymyr Zelenskyy began a working visit to the United States, where he will discuss the development of cooperation between the defense industries. At least this was reported before the Ukrainian president's visit.

On December 6-7, the first Ukrainian-American arms production conference was held in Washington, DC. A number of decisions were made there, including the creation of a joint Ukrainian-American commission and the appointment of a special adviser to the Minister of Defense to help attract investment and fight corruption. It was also announced that the White House had handed over technical documentation to the Ukrainian side to begin production of some air defense projects.

However, this is all an official component, but what really happened behind the scenes, how the US actually perceives the prospect of working with Ukraine at the company level, we will learn from Pavlo Verkhniatskyi, Director and Managing Partner of COSA, member of the International Working Group on Russian Sanctions, Co-Coordinator of the Working Group on Security and Aerospace of the US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).

Pavlo Verkhniatskyi noted that his impressions of the conference were generally positive. There are some shifts, the structuring of work between Ukraine and the United States, as well as with Ukraine's other allies on joint production of weapons and equipment, is being built. There are still some chaotic nuances, not everything is going smoothly. There is no structured strategy for what Ukraine should have domestically and what it should buy. Mostly private companies operate in this area, and there is a dialogue between them.

COSA's Director and Managing Partner noted that Ukraine's requests for certain state-of-the-art equipment are not met with readiness on the part of Ukraine's partners to provide it quickly. First of all, Ukraine needs to implement those projects that can already be put into action, including the repair and maintenance of equipment, the transfer of spare parts, and the organization of logistics for these spare parts within the country. That is, not to focus on everything at once.

Verkhniatskyi added that not everything can be commented on the Ukrainian-American conference. Intentions to implement certain projects will be announced, possibly as early as this week.


 
Tags:
Read also:
  • News
2024, Friday
1 March
19:42
Netherlands announces new military aid package for Ukraine: what it includes
19:20
Exclusive
Navalny's murder might motivate resistance, radicalise protests in Russia — sociologist Eidman
18:57
NATO: Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons is psychological intimidation
18:35
Russian missiles attacks Donetsk region, injuring civilians, damaging police station, hospital, kindergartens
18:14
Ukraine, Netherlands sign security agreement: what does it provide for?
17:50
Exclusive
Map of fighting in Marinka sector
Under heavy fire: Ukrainian officer on situation in Marinka sector
17:25
Frozen Russian assets won't replace US aid to Ukraine - Treasury Secretary Yellen
17:00
Exclusive
Why Scholz is hesitant to transfer Taurus to Ukraine?
16:40
Russian troops bomb residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia region, killing civilian man
16:20
Exclusive
Measuring temperature in chamber: diplomat on China's special envoy's trip to number of countries
16:00
Russia holds significant ammunition advantage, increases artillery shelling in Avdiivka direction
15:40
OPINION
Transnistria: Where there is a trace of Russia, there is war
15:25
Russia makes "powerful breakthrough" to Chasiv Yar to open way to 3 more localities - Khortytsia group of troops
15:07
British intelligence assesses level and prospects of Russian military industry
14:40
Exclusive
Red lines are blurring: military expert Zgurets on possible deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine
14:20
Transition to F-16 not swift, but Ukraine making every effort – Air Force
14:00
Ukraine's Intelligence attacks Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense system in Belgorod region
13:40
Umerov approves action plan to implement cooperation program with NATO for 2024
13:20
OPINION
Putin's message: whom was the dictator addressing?
13:00
Russian pilots feel they are in the sights — Ukraine's Air Force Spokesman Ihnat 
12:40
OSCE launches "Moscow mechanism" to document Russian war crimes
12:25
IL-76 crash: Russia says it's willing to return bodies to Ukraine; Ukraine responds
12:05
Britain urges Germany to send Taurus missiles to Ukraine - Bloomberg
11:45
Japan extends sanctions against Russian companies and individuals
11:27
Review
Does CIA have any bases in Ukraine and what was the purpose of its director's visit? Serhiy Zgurets's column
11:05
Polish farmers fail to provide evidence of Ukrainian grain returning from Lithuania to Poland 
10:47
Updated
Russian media claim attempted UAV attack on defense plant in Nizhny Novgorod region
10:30
No one in Europe is going to send troops to Ukraine - Czech Prime Minister
10:15
Russia loses 3 aircraft, 36 artillery systems and 920 troops in Ukraine overnight — General Staff
09:55
Russia transports its agricultural goods through Belarus to Poland — UP
09:35
Exclusive
Ukrainian forces transform Synkivka into graveyard for Russian equipment — Kupyansk Military Administration
2024, Thursday
29 February
22:10
OPINION
Putin's messages of war: Vitaliy Portnikov's column
21:57
Review
Victorious news on 736th day of war: Ukrainian forces down 3 Russian aircraft, target Russian soldiers in Bakhmut sector
21:40
Russia attacks 22 times in Avdiivka, Novopavlivka directions in one day — General Staff
21:25
Ukrainian army engaged in fierce fighting with Russia's forces in Avdiivka, Kurakhove sectors  - Syrskyi
21:10
Russian forces focus on Avdiivka direction - Ukrainian commander
20:55
Ukrainian Armed Forces adopt 46 new types of weapons since start of year — Defense Ministry
20:40
156,000 km² of Ukraine's territory is mined: State Emergency Service tells how to speed up demining
20:21
"One of the dumbest things I've ever heard": what impressed Carlson most in Putin interview 
19:59
Ukrainian Miss Europe representative complains about Russian harassment during contest
More news