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Iskanders, Kalibrs, and beyond: Russian strikes on Ukraine and air defense's success

Iskanders, Kalibrs, and beyond: Russian strikes on Ukraine and air defense's success Photo: Air defense shot down 21 of 34 missiles, including Kalibr and one Iskander-K (Getty Images)

During the night of April 27, Russian occupiers launched a combined missile strike on Ukraine using various types of missiles. Air defense shot down 21 out of 34 missiles launched by the Russian Federation, according to the Telegram channel of Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

"Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, mobile fire groups and means of radio-electronic warfare of the Defense Forces of Ukraine were involved in repelling the enemy's air attack," he said.

Air defense successes

According to the general, as a result of the air battle, 21 aerial targets were destroyed:

  • 6 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles;
  • 8 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided aviation missiles;
  • 1 Iskander-K cruise missile;
  • 6 Kalibr cruise missiles.

Russian attack methods

Overall, the enemy deployed 34 air, ground, and sea-based missiles, including:

  • 9 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic aircraft (launch area: Saratov region, Russia);
  • 9 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided aviation missiles (from the airspace over Belgorod region and the Azov Sea);
  • 2 S-300 surface-to-air guided missiles (from the Belgorod region, Russia);
  • 2 Iskander-K cruise missiles (from Crimea);
  • 4 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles from MiG-31K aircraft (launched from the airspace over Ryazan and Tambov regions, Russia);
  • 8 Kalibr cruise missiles from the Black Sea.

Ukraine under attack

Russian forces launched another massive attack on Ukraine on April 27. This time, the occupiers used only missiles.

The main targets of the shelling were energy infrastructure objects in three regions - Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv. Specifically, on the night of April 27, Russian occupiers attacked four DTEK thermal power plants. Casualties were reported. For more details on the aftermath, read the RBC-Ukraine material.