In the strike on February 16, the Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have shot down 16 of the 36 Russian missiles that were launched, a much lower percentage than in earlier conflicts.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force Command, Russia carried out a significant ambush on February 16 before daybreak with 12 Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles launched from T-95MS strategic bombers and 8 Kalibrs from warships. a P-800 Oniks with twelve Kh-22 supersonic anti-ship missiles over the Black Sea. Two Kh-59 long-range surface-to-surface missiles and one Kh-31P anti-radar missile were also fired by the Su-35S.
“Two Kh-59 projectiles and 14 Kh-101, Kh-555, and Kalibr cruise missiles were intercepted. Regrettably, some Kh-22 rockets strike targets in the infrastructure. The Ukrainian military now lacks any equipment capable of intercepting Kh-22 missiles “The Ukrainian Air Force issued a statement.
In an effort to defend against this onslaught, Ukraine’s air defense shot down roughly 50% of Russian missiles, a marked decrease from the above 80% level previously provided by this nation in air strikes.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has not responded to the information.
Russia has fired 210 Kh-22 cruise missiles at Ukraine since the start of the conflict, according to Yuri Ignat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian air force, but none have been shot down. “Even the most advanced systems we have, like the S-300, are unable to intercept this kind of missile. The claim that the Kh-22 missile was shot down by Ukraine’s air defense is false “He confessed.