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No Kinzhal missiles reach Kyiv after receiving Patriot air defense - Ukraine’s Air Force

4 July, 2024 Thursday
17:18

Since May 2023, after receiving the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, all Kinzhal ballistic missiles launched by Russia at Kyiv have been intercepted

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This was stated by the commander of the 96th Air Defense Missile Brigade, Colonel of the Ukrainian Air Force Serhiy Yaremenko in an interview with Ukrinform.

He noted that since then, the Russian troops have fired a total of more than 20 Kinzhal missiles at the Ukrainian capital.

"When we are working against ballistics, it does not matter to us whether it is a Kinzhal Kh-47M, Iskander-M, 48N (a missile using S-400), or Zircon launched from the Bastion missile system. For us, this is primarily a ballistic target. Only then do analysts and experts identify what kind of air target it was based on certain characteristics and wreckage. I will say one thing: all the Kinzhals that have been launched at the capital of Ukraine since it was announced that the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system was put on combat duty have been successfully intercepted," Yaremenko said.

He emphasized that not a single ballistic missile has hit the target in Kyiv since May last year.

The brigade commander also expressed the opinion that the Russian forces have stopped actively attacking the capital, as the Ukrainian Defense Forces are repelling the attacks.

"Russia, having available means, determines the list of targets for attack. Perhaps, at this time, it is interested in other targets. But periodically, of course, important state facilities in the Kyiv region also come under enemy attacks. We are ready for such challenges every day, every second, at any time of the day," he explained.

At the same time, Yaremenko emphasized that the most effective way to combat Russia's bombs is to destroy the carrier of a guided aerial bomb.

"If there is no carrier, there will be no guided air bomb. We have weapons that are capable of doing this, but they are not enough. We need weapons, we need anti-aircraft guided missiles for this," he said.

  • On June 27, it was reported that the United States and Israel are negotiating with Ukraine to provide it with up to 8 Patriot air defense systems to protect it from Russian attacks.
  • On June 28, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced the delivery of three Patriot air defense systems from Romania, Germany, and the Netherlands to Ukraine, with several other countries providing additional missiles.

 
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