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Russia strikes Ukraine with missiles and drones: Ukrainian air defense repelling attack

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Author: Liliana Oleniak

On the night of June 20, the Russian occupiers attacked Ukraine using air- and ground-launched missiles and Shahed-type attack UAVs. As a result of the anti-aircraft battle, 32 air targets were shot down by Ukrainian Air Defense Forces, according to Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk.

Russia attacked Ukraine with 9 missiles of various types and 27 drones:

  • 4 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aviation aircraft (launch area - airspace over the Caspian Sea);
  • 3 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (from the Voronezh region of the Russian Federation)
  • 2 Kh-59 guided missiles (from the airspace over the Sea of Azov);
  • 27 Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs (launch area - Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Russia).

Russia struck Ukrainian critical infrastructure facilities. The main area of attack is eastern Ukraine, in particular Dnipropetrovsk region.

Russia's air attack was repelled by Ukrainian fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft missile units electronic warfare of the Ukrainian Air Force, and mobile fire groups of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

As a result of the air combat, 32 Russian attack units were shot down:

  • 4 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles;
  • 1 Kh-59 guided missile;
  • 27 Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs.

The Ukrainian air defense system was operating in the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Poltava, and Vinnytsia regions.

Russian attack on Ukraine with drones and missiles

On the night of June 20, an air alert was declared in Kyiv and many other regions of Ukraine due to the threat of Russian missiles and drones launching.

In Kyiv and the region, Ukrainian air defense systems were shooting down Russian drones. According to the Kyiv City Military Administration, all Russian drones were destroyed on the outskirts of Ukraine's capital. No damage or casualties have been reported in Kyiv so far.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported a missile headed for Dnipro/Zaporizhzhia. After that, an explosion was heard in Zaporizhzhia region. Two explosions were also heard in Dnipro.