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Russia fires over 70 missiles and drones at Ukraine: Targets intercepted by air defense

Russia fires over 70 missiles and drones at Ukraine: Targets intercepted by air defense Photo: aftermath of the night shelling (
Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of May 8, the Russian invaders launched a combined attack on Ukraine with missiles of various types and attack drones. In total, the Russian Federation launched 76 air attack weapons - 55 missiles and 21 attack drones, according to Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

According to him, the Russians fired at Ukraine:

  • 1 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aerial ballistic missile (launched from the Tambov region of the Russian Federation)
  • 2 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (from Crimea)
  • 4 Kalibr cruise missiles (from the Black Sea)
  • 45 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aviation aircraft (launch area Saratov region of the Russian Federation, Caspian Sea)
  • 1 Iskander-K cruise missile (from Crimea)
  • 2 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided missiles (from the occupied Zaporizhzhia region);
  • 21 Shahed-131/136 attack drones (from Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Kursk region of the Russian Federation).

"Fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile troops of the Air Force, mobile firing groups, and electronic warfare units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces were involved in repelling the Russian air attack," Oleshchuk says.

As a result of the air battle, 59 air targets were destroyed:

  • 33 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles
  • 4 Kalibr cruise missiles
  • 2 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided missiles
  • 20 Shahed-131/136 attack drones.

For his part, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reacted to Russia's massive missile strike on the Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism in World War II.

"The whole world must clearly understand who is who. The whole world has no right to give Nazism another chance," he emphasizes.

Russian massive attack on Ukraine

On the night of May 8, Russian occupation forces continued to attack the Ukrainian energy sector. Energy facilities in Poltava, Kropyvnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia regions were attacked.

In addition, Russian troops fired at three Ukrainian thermal power plants, damaging the equipment of the power plants.