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Russian attack on Ukraine: Air defense downs 5 missiles and 24 drones

Russian attack on Ukraine: Air defense downs 5 missiles and 24 drones Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russian forces attacked Ukraine with missiles and drones again on the night of June 12. The air defense managed to intercept all but one Iskander-M missile, according to the Commander of the Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk.

"On the night of June 12, 2024, the occupiers launched a missile and air strike on Ukraine, using both air and ground-based missiles, as well as strike UAVs," he said.

According to his data, the Russians used a total of 30 aerial attack weapons:

  • 4 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aircraft (launch area: Saratov region, Russia);
  • 1 Iskander-M ballistic missile (from the territory of Crimea);
  • 1 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aeroballistic missile (from the airspace of Tambov region, Russia);
  • 24 Shahed-131/136 fighter UAVs (launch area – Yeysk, Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Russia).

Air defense response

Anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare systems of Ukraine's Defense Forces were deployed to repel the enemy's aerial attack.

As a result of the anti-air battle, 29 aerial targets were shot down:

  • 1 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aeroballistic missile;
  • 4 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles;
  • 24 Shahed-131/136 fighter UAVs.
  • The air defense operated in the Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Poltava, Kharkiv, and Vinnytsia regions.

Russian shelling of Ukraine

On the night of June 12, Russian forces launched a massive attack on Ukraine, using drones and missiles. A large-scale air raid alert was declared across Ukraine.

Explosions were heard in Kyiv and Odesa. At the moment, it is known that a fire broke out at an industrial facility in the Kyiv region, injuring one person.