The Russian missile that hit an apartment building in Dnipro on Saturday was “undoubtedly” a Kh-22 missile, the Ukrainian Armed Forces Air Command said on its Facebook page on Sunday.
“[A] Radar detected the estimated launch site, altitude and airspeed. There’s no doubt it was an X-22 [Kh-22] missile,” he said.
“Ukraine’s armed forces lack the firepower to shoot down this type of missile. Since the beginning of Russian military aggression, more than 210 missiles of this type have been launched on the territory of Ukraine. None of them have been shot down by our air defense systems,” he said. the mail.
Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat said the Kh-22 was “fired by a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber launched from the area near Kursk and the Sea of Azov.”
“There were a total of five launches of these missiles,” Ihnat said.
Speaking about Saturday’s attack, Ihnat said, “They hit a densely populated city with people, women, children with such a missile. There is no explanation and justification for this terrorist act.”
Originally designed as an anti-ship missile, the Kh-22 is an older and less accurate weapon than most modern missiles. But Western analysts say it’s only accurate to a radius of about 500 meters (about 1,600 feet).
CNN reported last June that it was also a Kh-22 that hit a shopping center in Kremenchuk in central Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the target in June was a facility that repairs military vehicles several hundred meters from the mall. At least 18 people were killed in that attack.
The death toll from the Russian missile attack on an apartment building in Dnipro rose to 20 on Sunday, the day after rockets and explosions were heard across the country.
At least 73 people were injured in the attack on the nine-story apartment building, including four who are in critical condition, said Valentyn Reznichenko, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration.