Ukraine updates: Russia launches dozens of missiles, drones – DW – 08/06/2023

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The Ukrainian airforce said Russia attacked the country overnight, using 70 air-assault weapons that included hypersonic missiles and drones from Iran.

At least 10 missiles appeared to get through, with Ukraine’s air defense claiming to have downed at least 30 out of 40 cruise missiles. 

All 27 of the Iran-supplied Shahed drones also appeared to have been destroyed. 

Air defense officials also said Russia had launched three Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, although they were not willing to divulge more about what had happened to them.

“In total, in several waves of attacks, from the evening of August 5 to the morning of August 6, 2023, the enemy used 70 means of air assault weapons,” the airforce said.

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It was not immediately clear whether the missiles that did penetrate air defenses had caused any damage. 

However, the deputy governor of the Khmelnytskyi region in western Ukraine, Serhiy Tiurin, said a military airfield in Starokostiantyniv had been among the targets.

“The Starokonstiantyniv airfield is on the enemy’s mind. There was a series of explosions in Starokonstiantyniv and Khmelnytskyi communities,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

rc/sms (AFP, dpa, Reuters, AP)

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