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Russia attacks Kyiv with Iskanders, spokesperson for the Air Force Command

Russia attacks Kyiv with Iskanders, spokesperson for the Air Force Command Why the occupiers use Iskanders to attack Kyiv (Vitaliy Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russian occupiers have launched an unexpected attack on Kyiv, employing Iskander missiles, with the intention of minimizing reaction time for the population to seek shelter and rendering the air defense system ineffective. This was reported bt Colonel Yuriy Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who highlighted the enemy's preference for tactical systems like the S-400 missiles to ensure minimal response time.

Ihnat provided an example to better understand the situation. When cruise missiles are launched from the Caspian Sea or the Black Sea, there is approximately an hour to react and take cover. However, in the case of Iskander missiles, the time frame is reduced to mere minutes.

"The enemy's objective is to surprise us, hindering the effectiveness of our air defense response. However, as evident from this incident, their strategy has proven ineffective," Ihnat said.

The attack on Kyiv occurred during the night, prompting alarms and explosions across various districts due to air defense measures. Fragments of the intercepted Iskander missiles were discovered in three different areas of the capital.

Despite the successful interception of all ten missiles, casualties were reported. Three individuals lost their lives, ten others were injured, including a child. RBC-Ukraine provides more details on the aftermath of the Kyiv attack in the article.

This is not the first time Russia employs Iskander missiles in attacks on Kyiv. In fact, on Monday, May 29, Russian troops fired eleven Iskanders of two different modifications during an afternoon shelling of Kyiv. Fortunately, all targets were neutralized by the air defense forces. RBC-Ukraine's article delves deeper into the specifics of the attack and the distinctive features of the Iskander missiles.