Ukraine says downed Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missile for first time

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who unveiled the Kinzhal missile in 2018, has termed it “a really perfect weapon” that’s extraordinarily troublesome for missile defenses to intercept.

“I congratulate the Ukrainian folks on the historic occasion,” Common Mykola Oleshchuk stated on Telegram. “Sure, we shot down the ‘unparalleled’ Kinzhal” missile.

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The Ukraine Air Pressure stated the missile was shot down with a Patriot air-defense system in skies over Kyiv at round 2:30 am on Thursday (2330 GMT Wednesday).

Ukraine appealed to its Western allies to assist reinforce its air protection system as Russia pounded Ukraine power infrastructure from the air over winter.

Mid-April, Ukraine acquired the primary Patriots, seen as one of the vital superior US air protection methods.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated the system would “considerably” strengthen Ukraine’s defenses towards Russian strikes.