​russian Terrorists Used Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile to Hit Civilian Object in Kryvyi Rih

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Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile / Illustrative photo of pre-war times
Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile / Illustrative photo of pre-war times

By striking on Wednesday, September 14, the hydraulic engineering facilities of the city of Kryvyi Rih, the enemy wanted not only to flood the city along with civilians, but also to hinder the advance of the Armed Forces in the South

In its report on the results of hostilities on September 14, 2022, the "South" operational command stated that the russian Armed Forces used Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (in Russian: Х-47М2 Кинжал, "dagger", NATO reporting name Killjoy) nuclear-capable hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile as well as 9K720 Iskander (Russian: «Искандер»; NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) mobile short-range ballistic missiles to strike the hydrotechnical facilities of the Ukraine’s city of Kryvyi Rih.

In Kryvyi Rih, Russian troops hit critical and transport infrastructure facilities, russian Terrorists Used Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile to Hit Civilian Object in Kryvyi Rih, Defense Express
In Kryvyi Rih, Russian troops hit critical and transport infrastructure facilities / photo t.me/V_Zelenskiy_official

This is an important clarification, because until now there was no certainty about the type of missiles used by the russians to attack the city: first there was a version about the launch of the Kh-101 missile from the Tu-95MS bomber, later - about the Kh-22 missiles from the Tu-22M3 aircraft .

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Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile, Defense Express
Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile / Illustrative photo of pre-war times

It seems that in this situation, when choosing the type of missiles for the strikes, the Russians relied on one major motive: Kinzhal and Iskander missiles are extremely difficult for Ukrainian air defense to shoot down.

As of 7:19 a.m., the mayor of Kryvyi Rih, Oleksandr Vilkul, reported that 112 residential buildings were flooded as a result of the Russian attack, and people were being evacuated, particularly from Gdantsivka and Motronivka settlements. Water supply in Kryvyi Rih itself was restored by the morning, with some exceptions. In order to minimize the consequences of the impact, it was necessary to "carry out certain engineering works."

Flooded houses in the city of Kryvyi Rih, russian Terrorists Used Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile to Hit Civilian Object in Kryvyi RihбDefense Express
Flooded houses in the city of Kryvyi Rih / Photo of the local website WWW.0564.UA

In its morning report, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) assessed that “russian forces likely targeted Ukrainian hydrotechnical infrastructure… to interfere with Ukrainian operations across the Inhulets River”. In this way, the aggressor wanted to create a flood that would destroy the crossings of Ukraine’s troops across the Ingulets River, and thus prevent the expansion of Ukraine’s armed forces' bridgehead bridgehead over the Inhulets River near Davydiv Brid as part of the ongoing Kherson counteroffensive.

Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile, Defense Express
Russian MiG-31K with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile / Illustrative photo of pre-war times

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