Saturday, July 13, 2024

Russia targets Ukrainian airbase with new type of cruise missiles

Russia has begun using its latest long-range Kh-101 cruise missiles equipped with cluster warheads to strike remote enemy airfields, aiming to destroy exposed aircraft and support vehicles.

The latest attack targeted an airbase in the Kyiv region.

The new type of Kh-101 missiles, capable of traveling thousands of kilometers, pose a severe challenge to Ukraine’s armed forces and a threat to civilians. These missiles carry submunitions resembling metal balls or truncated cylinders, about 10 cm in diameter, designed to damage light vehicles and personnel in open areas.


The indiscriminate nature of these cluster munitions endangers both military and civilian populations. On June 12, Ukraine’s National Police warned Kyiv region residents about the danger posed by these submunitions scattered from an intercepted missile.

The first recorded use of the Kh-101 with a cluster warhead was on the night of June 7, targeting a military airfield near Starokostyantyniv.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more