The Ukrainian Air Force accused the Russian military of using Kh-22 missiles to attack an apartment building in the city of Dnipro on January 14.
In a statement updating the military situation on the evening of January 14, Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, said that in the large-scale ambush on the morning of the same day, the Russian military used missiles. “carrier killer” Kh-22 to attack many targets on the territory of this country. Among the targets hit by the Russian Kh-22 missile was an apartment building in the city of Dnipro.
“The weapon that hit the apartment building in Dnipro this morning was a Kh-22 missile launched from a Tu-22M3 strategic bomber. The launches were carried out from the Kursk region and the Sea of Azov. In total. Five missiles of this type were launched towards Ukraine on January 14,” Ihnat said.
The Raduga Kh-22 is a large anti-ship missile developed during the Soviet era. With a mass of nearly 6 tons, a length of 11.6m, this missile can carry a warhead weighing 900kg or a nuclear warhead with a yield of up to 1,000kT.
Using a liquid fuel engine, the Kh-22 can fly at a maximum speed of 5,600km/h, nearly five times the speed of sound. The range of this missile is about 600km. In addition, many improved versions of the Kh-22 are also equipped with an advanced combined radar system, allowing it to move flexibly and attack targets more accurately.
With its power and outstanding features, the Kh-22 is dubbed by military observers as the “carrier killer”. Some Western newspapers even described the missile as “a terrible weapon at all limits”. The Soviet scientists and engineers responsible for the construction of the Kh-22 revealed that this weapon was designed to deal with enemy carrier battle groups.
The Kh-22 missile attack on an apartment building in Dnipro on January 14 destroyed part of the building, killing at least 12 people and injuring 64 others. According to local authorities, among the victims of this attack was a 3-year-old girl. Rescuers predict the death toll may continue to rise as many people are still trapped under the rubble.
However, according to Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat, the use of anti-ship and earlier anti-aircraft missiles to attack Ukraine shows that Russia’s arsenal of high-precision cruise missiles has exhausted.