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Air Force confirms downing of Russian Tu-22M3 aircraft

Also, 22 missiles and 14 Shaheds were destroyed. 

On the night of 19 April, the Russians launched a combined attack on Ukraine with missiles of various types and attack drones, the Air Force Command reports.

The Russian military used a total of 36 air attack means - 22 missiles of various types and 14 attack drones:

  • two X-101/X-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aircraft (launch area of Ryazan - Russia);
  • 14 Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs (from the areas of Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Kursk Region - Russian Federation);
  • 12 X-59/X-69 guided missiles (Kursk Region and from the Sea of Azov);
  • two Iskander-K cruise missiles (from Crimea);
  • six X-22 cruise missiles from Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers (from the Black and Azov Seas).

"Anti-aircraft missile troops of the Air Force, mobile firing groups and electronic warfare units of the Ukrainian Defence Forces were involved in repelling the enemy air attack.”

As a result of anti-aircraft combat, 29 air targets were destroyed:

  • two X-101/X-555 cruise missiles;
  • 14 Shahed-131/136 attack UAVs;
  • 11 X-59/X-69 guided missiles;
  • two X-22 cruise missiles.

For the first time, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force in cooperation with the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine destroyed a Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber, a carrier of X-22 cruise missiles used by Russian terrorists to hit peaceful Ukrainian cities. Today's attack was the first time two such missiles were destroyed.

Photo: Air Force

"Ukraine needs more means, more missiles, to better protect the frontline territories from Russian terrorism," the Command stressed. 

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