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Morning attack: 21 of 41 Russia-launched missiles shot down

Not all ballistic missiles hit their targets. 

The Russian army launched a combined missile strike on 23 January. The enemy fired cruise, ballistic, air and anti-aircraft guided missiles. A total of 41 enemy air attack targets were spotted. Air defence systems shot down 21 of them, said Ukrainian Armed Forces C’n’C Valeriy Zaluzhnyy.

Most of the missiles fired by the Russians had a ballistic trajectory:

  • four S-300/S-400 anti-aircraft guided missiles from Belgorod Region - in the direction of Kharkiv Region
  • 15 X-101/X-555/X-55 cruise missiles from six Tu-95MS strategic bombers (launch area - Engels, Russia)
  • eight X-22 missiles from Tu-22M3 bombers from Bryansk and Orel Regions - in the direction of Kharkiv and Sumy Regions
  • 12 Iskander-M ballistic missiles (launch area - Belgorod and Voronezh Regions)
  • two X-59 guided missiles from two Su-34 aircraft (launch area - Belgorod Region, Russia).

As a result of combat operations, the forces and means of the Air Force, in cooperation with the Air Defence Forces, were destroyed:

  • 15 X-101/X-555/X-55 cruise missiles
  • 5 "Iskander-M" ballistic missiles
  • one X-59 guided missile. 
     "It is important to note that not all enemy missiles that attacked via ballistic trajectory reached their targets," Zaluzhnyy said. 
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