Russia launched a hypersonic “Zircon” missile during an attack on Ukraine on February 7, the head of the Institute of Forensic Expertise in Kiev, a scientific research body, said on Monday, Reuters reports.
The aftermath of a Russian missile attack on KievPhoto: Abed Rahim Khatib / DPA / Profimedia
Oleksandr Ruvin, the director, cited preliminary analysis on his Telegram channel.
“This is evidenced by the marking of parts and fragments, the identification of components and parts and the characteristics of the appropriate type of weapon,” he said.
⚡️According to preliminary information, we do have the fact that the \uD83C\uDDF7\uD83C\uDDFARussians used the 3M22 Zircon missile. This is evidenced by markings on parts and fragments, identification of components and parts, features of the corresponding type of weapon, said Oleksandr Ruvin, director… pic.twitter.com/xjik3E1wYK
— \uD83C\uDDFA\uD83C\uDDE6Ukrainian Front (@front_ukrainian) February 12, 2024
In total, on February 7, according to the former head of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia launched 44 missiles and 20 drones over Ukraine.
Of this total of 64 devices, Ukrainian forces intercepted 29 cruise missiles and 15 drones, according to the same source.
As usual, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that it only targeted military targets and that they “were all destroyed”.
In Kiev, debris from a downed missile fell on a 17-story residential building in a southern district, causing destruction and a fire.
The attack killed at least 4 people in the capital and injured 40 others.