Russian missile strikes in Ukraine Thursday –including the use of six nuclear capable hypersonic missiles- have U.S. Defense officials on edge as war escalates in the region. Moreover, at least nine Ukrainian civilians tragically lost their lives Thursday during the deadly strike.
This is the first time since the early months of the war in Ukraine that Russia has launched hypersonic missiles. According to the BBC, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “High-precision long-range air, sea and land-based weapons, including the Kinzhal hypersonic missile system, hit key elements of Ukraine’s military infrastructure.”
Thirty-four cruise missiles and four Iranian-made Shahed drones were shot down according to Ukrainian military officials. Those officials also reported that they were incapable of intercepting the six Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles. The Hypersonic missiles can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.
The attack “was like never before” according to a Ukrainian air force spokesperson. The missiles struck a vast array of Ukranian cities all the way from Kharkiv to Odesa. The largest nuclear plan in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia plant, was also hit and left many Ukrainians in the dark until the power was restored later Thursday.
Power outages were seen across the city of Odesa due to an energy plant that was reportedly hit by one of the Russian missiles but thankfully there were no casualties in the wake of the strike.
Kyiv, Ukraines capitol, was also a target of the strikes and blasts could be heard in the south and western districts of the city. According to reports, emergency services arrived at the various sites of the blasts to assist in the aftermath of damage left from the missile strikes.
This story is developing.
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