Russia fires a volley of missiles into Ukraine, including the dreaded Kinzhal

Moscow/Kiev, June 15: The Ukrainian Air Force has reported that Russia has launched several attacks on Ukraine using various missiles, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. The modern Kinzhal missiles are feared because their high speed and explosive power make them difficult to intercept with current defense systems.

Public broadcaster Suspilne, citing residents, reported that several explosions were heard early Friday in the western Ukrainian region of Khmelnytskyi. The region is home to a key Ukrainian air base near the city of Star Kostyantyn Iv, which is expected to host Western F-16 fighter jets supplied by Ukraine’s allies. Explosions were also reported near the capital Kiev, attributed to air defense operations, as noted by Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Telegram.

Earlier in the evening, Russia launched a combined air strike on Ukraine using cruise missiles, rockets and combat drones. The Ukrainian Air Force said at least two Kinzhal missiles were used in the attack. Near Kiev, firefighters continued to extinguish a fire at an industrial factory that had been smoldering since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Ukraine carried out a major attack involving more than 80 drones on Russian border areas in the early hours of Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It said that 70 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were intercepted over the Rostov region alone.

The regions of Belgorod, Volgograd, Voronezh and Kursk, as well as the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 in violation of international law, were also affected. The information could not be independently verified.

The governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, reported power outages in several villages. According to initial findings, there were no deaths or injuries. In the Voronezh region, falling debris caused minor damage to an oil depot, authorities said. However, no people were injured there either.

Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February 2022 and has since been waging a full-scale war against the neighboring country.