russia Targets Kyiv with 37% of Its Cruise Missiles; More Zircons Launched Than Previously Thought

Kh-101 against the background of Tu-95MS
Kh-101 against the background of Tu-95MS

In addition, for strikes on the capital of Ukraine, the enemy has directed 36% of all launched Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles in 2024

Kyiv became the city in Ukraine where the enemy directed a total of 38% of all its cruise missiles launched against Ukraine in the first quarter of 2024.

This is evidenced by the statistics for the first quarter of 2024 announced by the head of the Kyiv City Military Administration, Serhiy Popko.

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Kh-47 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile under the belly of a MiG-31

It is noted that since the beginning of 2024, the russians have used more than 180 means of destruction in the direction of Kyiv:

russian Zircon missile / Defense Express

If we compare these data with the reports of the Ukrainian Air Force Command, the calculation of which was conducted by Defense Express, then since the beginning of the year, russia has launched a total of 307 cruise missiles against Ukraine: 295 of the Kh-555/101 type, 8 Kalibr, and 4 R-500 with Iskander-K.

Therefore, for the attack on Kyiv, the enemy directed 37.1% of all its launched cruise missiles in the first quarter of 2024.

The warhead of the Kh-101 that did not detonate after the missile was destroyed

Mentioning the enemy's use of as many as five truly 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missiles can be interesting. At the same time, only two instances of their use by the enemy were officially known: during the attack on February 7 with one missile and on March 25, when the enemy deployed two 3M22 Zircon missiles.

Thus, russia struck Kyiv with Zircon more frequently than was believed, but it could well have been passing through the Air Force reports like other ballistic missiles.

Because in any case, precise identification of missiles is often conducted much later, so in the morning report, certain types of missiles are often listed variably, for example, Iskander/S-300/S-400/KN-23.

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