2022 Deliatyn attack

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2022 Deliatyn attack
Part of 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Date18 March 2022
Location
Belligerents
 Ukraine  Russia
Units involved

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

 Russian Armed Forces
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The 2022 Deliatyn attack was a blow to the underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops in Deliatyn, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. This was probably the first time when Russia used the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, a hypersonic weapon, against Ukraine.[1][2][3][4]

History

On March 19, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian military had used hypersonic missiles from the Dagger complex to destroy underground troops in Deliatyn, Ivano-Frankivsks Oblast.[5] Spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yurii Ihnat confirmed a missile strike in Deliatyn.[6] The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine confirmed the attack on the warehouses, but could not establish the exact type of weapons with which it was inflicted. In addition, according to the ministry: "Unfortunately, Ukraine has become a testing ground for the entire arsenal of Russia's missile weapons. They use Iskander operational and tactical complexes, Caliber cruise missiles and others: Kh-101, Kh-55, X-555.[7]

US officials confirmed to CNN that Russia launched powerful hypersonic missiles against Ukraine last week, the first known use of such missiles in combat. Russia claimed it deployed hypersonic missiles on Friday to destroy an ammunition warehouse in Deliatyn. The launches were likely intended to test the weapons and send a message to the West about Russian capabilities.[8]

Russian video

Russia posted a video of what it said was its missile strike on the arms depot in Deliatyn, a village in south-western Ukraine only 100km from the border with Romania. On March 19 evening, The War Zone received satellite images taken by the American company Planet Labs, which confirm that the video of the Russian Ministry of Defense shows a strike not on a large warehouse in western Ukraine, but on a farm or large chicken coop in southeastern Kharkiv Oblast. The pictures were taken on March 12, 2022, a week before the video was published and information about the use of the Dagger was spread. By that time, the farm had already been partially destroyed.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Russia Says It Has Used Its Kinzhal Hypersonic Aero-Ballistic Missiles In Ukraine". The Aviationist. 2022-03-19. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  2. ^ "Russia claims first use of hypersonic Kinzhal missile in Ukraine". BBC News. 2022-03-19. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  3. ^ "Russia uses advanced hypersonic missiles in Ukraine for the first time". Times of Malta. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  4. ^ "Ukraine Update: Zelenskiy Says Some Opposition Parties Suspended". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2022-03-19.
  5. ^ "Міноборони РФ заявило про застосування гіперзвукових ракет "Кинжал" в Україні". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  6. ^ "ЗСУ підтвердили ракетний удар на Франківщині, але не знають, чи це "Кинжал"". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  7. ^ РОМАН КРАВЕЦЬ, РОМАН РОМАНЮК (2022-03-19). "ЗСУ підтвердили ракетний удар на Франківщині, але не знають, чи це "Кинжал"". Українська Правда. Archived from the original on 19 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  8. ^ CNN (2022-03-19). "US officials confirm Russia has used hypersonic missiles against Ukraine". CNN. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  9. ^ Payne, Tyler Rogoway and Stetson (2022-03-19). "We Have Questions About Russia's Claimed Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile Use In Ukraine (Updated)". The Drive. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
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