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Russian attack on Kyiv: Air Forces clarify delayed alert

Russian attack on Kyiv: Air Forces clarify delayed alert Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Ballistic missiles fly very fast, and air defense forces have only minutes to respond to the threat and eliminate enemy targets. That is why the alert in Kyiv and the region during the night attack was announced immediately after the first explosions, according to Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force.

According to him, the Russians launched ballistic missiles from the north last night. Probably, the enemy launched from the territory of the Briansk region.

"You know what ballistics is, so the time to raise an air alert is limited. This is not the first time this has happened because ballistics fly extremely fast. There are only minutes for air defense to react and destroy them," explains Ihnat.

Night attack on Kyiv

On the night of December 11, explosions were heard in Kyiv, followed by an air raid alert. Residents of the capital heard at least 10 explosions.

Rocket fragments fell on the Darnytskyi and Holosiivskyi districts of the capital. There were some wounded.

Later, air defense forces reported that they had shot down 8 air targets over Kyiv. The missiles were flying on a ballistic trajectory.