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Russia attacks Ukraine with Kh-22 missiles and Shahed drones

28 March, 2024 Thursday
10:00

On the evening of March 27, Russian forces launched Kh-22 missiles from the south, and on the night of March 28, they launched Shaheds from the east. Ukrainian air defense destroyed 26 Russian UAVs

The Ukrainian Air Force reported this.

Work of air defense

Russia attacked Ukraine  with three Kh-22 cruise missiles and the Kh-31P anti-radar missile. It also used an S-300 anti-aircraft guided missile in the Donetsk region and 28 Shahed-136/131 attack drones.

"Anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare equipment of the Ukrainian Defense Forces were involved in repelling the attack," the Air Force wrote.

In total, Ukrainian air defense destroyed 26 Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs in the Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia regions.

Operational Command South’s press center head Natalia Humeniuk stated that Tu-22 aircraft usually carry Kh-22 missiles.

"They are quite old, but still supersonic and difficult for air defense forces to respond to. Obviously, the enemy tried to hit somewhere in the south of Odesa region, the missiles were aimed at Zmiinyi Island and the south of the region, but the goal was not achieved," said Humeniuk.

Explosions in Kharkiv

At 12:11 a.m., Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov reported explosions in the city and urged residents to be careful. Later, he wrote that the Kyivskyi district of the city was hit:

"A restaurant was destroyed, and windows in a neighboring building were smashed. According to preliminary information, there are no casualties or injuries. Relevant services are working at the scene."

In the morning, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, clarified that the Russian army had hit the Kyivskyi district with a Shahed UAV. Civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged, including a restaurant, a shop, and office space.

Photo: Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office

Photo: Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor's Office

Explosions in Zaporizhzhia

At around 02:00 a.m., the head of the Regional Military Administration Ivan Fedorov reported explosions in Zaporizhzhia.

"The enemy hit private civilian houses in Zaporizhzhia with drones. There are victims," Fedorov said.

In the morning, the secretary of Zaporizhzhia City Council, Anatolii Kurtiev, reported that the attack had damaged private sector buildings in three districts of the city. As of 6 a.m., it is known that 5 houses are half-destroyed and more than 40 others are damaged.

In addition, two people were lightly injured and received first aid. Later, Fedorov clarified that the victims were two women, aged 72 and 74.

Photo: Anatolii Kurtiev

Photo: Anatolii Kurtiev

At 02:38 a.m., an air raid alert was announced in the region.

Shelling of Nikopol area

The head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Lysak said that at night Russia attacked the Pokrovsk and Marhanets communities, as well as Nikopol itself, with artillery. Russia also used a ‘kamikaze’ drone.

As a result, a 65-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman sustained shrapnel wounds. They were hospitalized in moderate condition. 

A hotel, 4 private houses and a car were also damaged. An outbuilding was destroyed, and two more were damaged. A power line was also hit.

Photo: Serhiy Lysak

  • On March 27, the Russian forces shelled the Nikopol district three times with heavy artillery: a man was killed and a woman was wounded.
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