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Classic approach: Air Force insights into Russian night attack

Classic approach: Air Force insights into Russian night attack Photo: spokesperson of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Illia Yevlash (Getty Images)

Russian forces, which launched a large-scale shelling of Ukraine overnight on May 26, operated according to a classic scheme, reports Air Force spokesperson Illia Yevlash.

According to him, the enemy targeted critical infrastructure, energy facilities, and military objects using a classic approach.

"Specifically, combined attacks followed a classic pattern — they initially launched Shaheds, later deploying heavier weaponry. Missile launches from Saratov Oblast included strategic bombers' Kh-101 and Kh-555. Subsequently, Kinzhals were launched in parallel from Tambov Oblast," he said.

Moreover, Yevlash noted that the aeroballistic missiles Kinzhal, which were the only ones not intercepted by air defense systems, pose a complex challenge for interception, with only one system (Patriot) capable of countering them.

Additionally, according to the spokesperson, Russia has recently been accumulating missiles for such mass strikes.

"Lately, they've been using their S-300 air defense missile systems to target frontline areas. We witnessed yesterday's devastating strike on a shopping center in Kharkiv region, resulting in civilian casualties," he recalled.

Russian shelling of Ukraine

Russian forces conducted another massive shelling of Ukraine overnight on May 26. Specifically, Russia utilized 14 missiles, including two Kinzhals, and over 30 kamikaze drones.

Explosions were reported, notably in Khmelnytskyi region. Following the attack, power outages were reported in Starokostiantyniv. Additionally, debris from enemy drones fell onto a house in Zhmerynka, Vinnytsia Oblast, injuring three people.

All drones and missiles were successfully intercepted, except for the Kinzhals.