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Russia's massive missile and drone attack: How Ukraine's air defense responded

Russia's massive missile and drone attack: How Ukraine's air defense responded Photo: Air defense shot down more than 80 missiles and drones during an attack on Ukraine on June 1 (Getty Images)

On the night of June 1, Russia launched another massive strike on Ukraine. The occupiers used 100 missiles and drones, more than 80 of which were successfully shot down by air defense, according to the Telegram channel of Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

According to him, fighter aviation, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare means of Ukraine's Defense Forces were involved in repelling the enemy's air attack.

As a result of the anti-air battle, 81 aerial targets were shot down. Specifically:

  • 30 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles;
  • 4 Kalibr cruise missiles;
  • 1 Iskander-K cruise missile;
  • 46 Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs.

Russia launched 100 missiles and drones

On the night of June 1, 2024, Russian occupiers carried out a powerful missile and aviation strike on critical infrastructure targets in various regions of Ukraine, using air, sea, and land-based missiles, as well as Shahed-type strike UAVs.

In total, the enemy launched 53 missiles of various types and 47 strike UAVs:

  • 35 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aviation aircraft (launch area - Saratov region, airspace over the Caspian Sea of the Russian Federation);
  • 4 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (from Crimea);
  • 1 Iskander-K cruise missile (from Crimea);
  • 10 Kalibr cruise missiles (from the northeastern part of the Black Sea);
  • 3 Kh-59/Kh-69 guided aviation missiles (from the airspace of the temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhia region);
  • 47 Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs (launch area - Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Russia).