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Russia hit Okhmatdyt with Kh-101 missile: SSU has new evidence

Russia hit Okhmatdyt with Kh-101 missile: SSU has new evidence shelling of Okhmatdyt (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has obtained new evidence confirming that Russia struck Okhmatdyt with a Kh-101 missile. Notably, a fragment of the cruise missile engine was found at the scene of the tragedy, according to the SSU.

SSU investigators also discovered:

  • a fragment of the wing deployment mechanism of the Kh-101 missile;
  • a fragment of the jamming block of the Kh-101 missile;
  • the midsection of the Kh-101 cruise missile body;
  • the fairing of the tail section and a fragment of the hydraulic block of the Kh-101 cruise missile;
  • fragments of the engine casing of the Kh-101 cruise missile, displaying inventory (inner side) and serial numbers (outer side).

"Expert conclusions are unequivocal - this was a deliberate strike by the Russian forces. This is evidenced not only by the missile fragments found at the strike site but also by the analysis of flight trajectory data, the nature of the damage caused, and a large amount of video and photographic material," the report says.

The SSU said that the deliberate missile strike by Russia is further confirmed by:

1. The nature of the destruction, characteristic specifically of the Kh-101 warhead (400 kg). The destruction could not have been caused by NASAMS surface-to-air missile systems, whose warheads are approximately 20 times less powerful.

2. The proportions, shape, and dimensions of the missile recorded in publicly available videos match the Kh-101 missile, and conversely, are not characteristic of SAMs, including NASAMS. Russian propagandists' attempts to compare the missile in the video, which strikes the hospital a few hundred meters away, with the sizes of the building in the foreground, are cynical and absurd manipulations.

3. The flight trajectory of the missile fully corresponds to the characteristics of the Kh-101 (gain of altitude before attacking the target, and attack at an angle of approximately 60 degrees).

4. The strike on the children's hospital Okhmatdyt with the air-launched guided missile Kh-101 is documented by objective control materials using radar.

Russian missile attack on Ukraine

Russian occupiers launched a massive missile strike on peaceful settlements. The attack began with strikes on Kryvyi Rih and the Kropyvnytskyi district, followed by explosions in Kyiv and the Kyiv region, where the air defense system was activated.

In total, the enemy fired 38 missiles of various types. One of them hit the children's hospital Okhmatdyt, causing significant destruction and casualties.

All the details of the massive shelling can be found in the RBC-Ukraine coverage.