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Ukraine Says It Shot Down Most of a Russian Missile and Drone Barrage

Drawing on replenished supplies, Ukraine used mostly Western-provided air defense systems to deter the overnight assault.

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By Andrew E. Kramer

Reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine said on Wednesday that it had drawn on stocks of antiaircraft missiles recently replenished by the United States and other allies to shoot down 29 of 30 missiles and exploding drones that Russia had fired at the country in an overnight barrage.

It was one of the better rates of interception by Ukraine so far during the war and underscored the impact of having fresh supplies of Western weaponry to bolster a war effort that had struggled mightily in recent months.

In Kyiv, the authorities said they had shot down an entire volley of missiles and exploding drones aimed at the capital as the devices approached or soared above the city. The aerial duel, between mostly Western-provided air defense systems and incoming Russian missiles, played out over the city shortly before 3 a.m.

Earlier in the year, Ukraine’s air defense ammunition had run perilously low. Commanders at some batteries said their missiles were being rationed, allowing Russian missiles to streak in unimpeded. President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly appealed for additional U.S.-made Patriot air-defense systems.

Mr. Zelensky reiterated the request on Wednesday when missiles or falling debris struck an apartment block in Kryvyi Rih, in central Ukraine, killing eight people and wounding 21 others. Those missiles were fired after the initial wave early on Wednesday.

The Biden administration has decided to give Ukraine one additional Patriot system, consisting of launchers, stocks of missiles and powerful radar antennas for finding targets. Other countries are also considering transferring Patriot launchers to Ukraine. Germany has organized the donation of 100 missiles from its stocks and those of Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway, of which 32 have been delivered so far, Germany’s defense minister, Boris Pistorius, said this week.

As the assault played out on Wednesday, flashes lit up the skyline and explosions rang out. One civilian was wounded by falling debris, the authorities said.

“The enemy launched another missile attack on the capital,” Kyiv’s military administrator said in a post on Telegram, the social networking site. Typical of recent Russian strikes, the attack combined several types of weapons, including drones and cruise missiles. The tactic is intended to overload Ukraine’s air defenses.

The cruise missiles, launched from bombers flying in Russian air space, were timed to arrive in Kyiv simultaneously with a volley of Iranian-designed Shahed exploding drones.

In the overall attack, according to the Ukraine Air Force, Russia also fired three ballistic missiles, an Iskander medium-range, ground-launched ballistic missile and two air-launched Kinzhal, or Dagger missiles, which are dispatched from airplanes and fly at hypersonic speeds. Ukrainian and Western officials have said that Patriot interceptors are the only defense against the Dagger missiles.

Ukraine shot down five of six missiles and all 24 Shahed drones, the air force said in a statement that could not be independently confirmed.

Ukraine’s interception rate for drones and missiles had fallen in the first months of this year compared with a year earlier, as its air defense ammunition ran low and Russia adapted tactics to evade what defenses there were.

The average shoot-down rate for drones for the 12 months through April was about 80 percent, data from the Ukraine Air Force shows . The interception rate for missiles had fallen in some months this year to less than 50 percent, the data indicated.

Beyond boosting air defenses, the arrival of American weaponry has helped steady teetering positions along the front line and, soldiers said, slowed a Russian assault in the northeastern Kharkiv region. Troops who had bemoaned a shortage of ammunition again opened fire.

Congress approved additional aid in April , after months of delays, and the U.S. military rushed to Ukraine ammunition for artillery and weapons such as Stinger short-range antiaircraft missiles and Javelin antitank missiles, replenishing Ukraine’s arsenal.

One effect, soldiers serving at artillery positions said, was a lifting of rationing rules that had prohibited taking shots at small groups of Russian soldiers, because it was not deemed worthwhile to expend limited ammunition on them. Now, Ukrainian forces could provide fire support for frontline soldiers facing such assaults by small units.

European countries have also ramped up supplies of air-defense missiles to Ukraine. With more missiles available for short, medium and long-range systems, Ukraine could be expected to increase its ratio of interceptions during Russian missile attacks, said Valeriy Romanenko, a senior researcher at Ukraine’s National Aviation University.

In addition to the long-range American Patriot systems and a French and Italian long-range system called the SAMP/T, Ukraine operates an array of Western short- and medium-range air-defense systems. These include NASAMS launchers, a U.S.-Norwegian design; American Hawk missiles; and a recently developed German system, IRIS-T.

The attack on Wednesday showed good results in downing cruise missiles, Mr. Romanenko said, but too few were fired to ascertain whether Ukraine’s air defenses have been fully restored after the shortages. The volley was possibly a probing attack by Russia to flush out the location of Ukrainian air-defense positions, he said. The real test would come with a larger barrage.

In neighboring Poland, the military said it had scrambled jets to defend its airspace while the Russian missiles were in flight in Ukraine.

In Kyiv on Wednesday, falling debris wounded the leg of one civilian, the city’s military administrator, Ruslan Kravchenko, said in another post on Telegram. Falling missile debris also started two fires.

Debris from intercepts — sometimes small, silvery shards of metal and at other times heavy rocket motors — rains down on Kyiv after such engagements, often causing injuries. The debris is from both the interceptors and the incoming Russian missiles.

In recent assaults, Russia has been targeting electrical power plants, and by this month, about half of Ukraine’s electrical generating capacity had been destroyed. The government has introduced nationwide rolling blackouts as a result.

Nataliia Novosolova contributed reporting.

Andrew E. Kramer is the Kyiv bureau chief for The Times, who has been covering the war in Ukraine since 2014. More about Andrew E. Kramer

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These are the Western air defense systems protecting Ukraine

Air defense systems have proved essential to Ukraine as Russia bombards critical infrastructure and civilian targets.

This week, the newly arrived U.S.-made Patriot air defense system shot down missiles aimed at Kyiv , Ukrainian officials said, including advanced missiles that have previously eluded outmatched air defense equipment.

The Patriot is just one of several systems that Western allies have sent to Ukraine since the Russian invasion last year to help shore up Kyiv’s defenses. The systems form a grab bag of different capabilities and technologies that are vital in defending the skies from missiles, fighter jets and Iranian-made drones that have terrorized the capital.

But according to leaked U.S. intelligence documents produced in February and March, the supply of air defense systems and their munitions pose a significant and growing problem , as Ukraine uses up their limited stocks to keep up with constant bombardments. Kyiv risks running low on their most common Soviet-era systems, the documents warned, forcing commanders to select what can and cannot be shot down.

How air defense works

That dynamic underscores the inherent challenge, experts have said : Air defense is a difficult mission using expensive and finite resources, with no silver bullets. To address that, the West has ramped up its commitments to Ukraine, sending a range of gear, from truck-mounted guns to the most modern missile-killing systems the United States has to offer.

Here is a rundown of the Western-provided systems Ukraine now has, and what they can do.

Leaked documents warn of weaknesses in Ukraine’s defenses

Patriot missile system

The Patriot is the U.S. military’s most advanced air defense system, with a range of roughly 20 to 100 miles, depending on the threat. It was designed as an antiaircraft system, but newer variants of Patriot can also engage ballistic and cruise missiles and drones.

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How the system works

A typical Patriot battery includes a radar set, engagement control station, power generation and several launch stations.

2 Command and

Launching Station

Missile Canisters

These canisters store the Patriot’s interceptors. Each one can carry four PAC-3 missiles, for a total of 16 rounds on each launcher.

Power generator

It provides the power to run the launching station’s electrical systems.

Launcher Electronics Module

It houses the launcher's power as well as the launch and motor control units.

It maintains a radio digital data link between the station and a remote engagement control station.

It can remain attached to the launcher during launch operations or it can detach.

Some newer models of these systems have different capabilities and equipment than previous iterations.

PAC-2 and PAC-3, two families

of interceptors

The missile is command-guided near the target. In its terminal phase, it uses Track-Via-Missile (TVM) guidance to track the target as it is illuminated by the ground-based engagement radar.

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

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2 Command and control

3 Missile launcher

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Datalink Terminal Module

PAC-2 and PAC-3, two families of interceptors

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Along with missiles, a Patriot battery includes radars and control stations to identify, track and target enemy weapons.

The locations of Ukraine’s two Patriot systems are a closely kept secret, though one recently used to take down missiles is based in or around Kyiv, according to a U.S. defense official.

Reliance on the Patriot will test the ability of the United States and the West to balance their needs to safeguard their own stocks while providing assistance to Ukraine. Each Patriot interceptor missile costs an estimated $4 million , putting a premium on each decision to fire. Ukrainian officials have said one Russian strategy is to attempt to exhaust air defense systems by saturating the sky with targets, some of which are decoys meant to confuse the interceptor, allowing the real missile to slip through.

NASAM System

The NASAMS suite — short for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems — includes a command post, sensors, a radar system and munitions that can be fired from a stand-alone pod or from the back of a truck. This is the air defense system used to protect the White House.

Its radar can detect threats up to roughly 80 miles away, depending on variables including the weather and the size and altitude of a target.

The NASAMS utilizes the same kind of missiles already in common use with Western fighter jets, so their weapon stocks are cheaper and more widely available than the costly Patriot interceptors.

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NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a short-to-medium-range ground-based air defense system. It was designed and manufactured by the Norwegian company Kongsberg, which teamed up with the American company Raytheon for the missile.

Distribution Center

Provides battle management

command, control,

communications,

and intelligence.

Electro-Optical (EO) sensor

Provides data to the Fire Distribution

monitor threats.

MPQ-64 F1 Radar

It detects,

tracks, identifies,

classifies and

reports airborne

The NASAMS is equipped with three multi-missile launchers, each carrying up to six missiles inside the protective canisters.

The launcher transports, aims and fires missiles with different characteristics.

Sources: Kongsberg, Raytheon, Army Recognition Group.

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Fire Distribution

Provides battle

Electro-Optical

(EO) sensor

Provides data to

the Fire Distribution

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NASAMS System components

Fire Distribution Center

management command,

control, communications,

computers and intelligence.

Provides data to the Fire

Distribution Center to

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NASAM System components

The NASAMS is equipped with three

multi-missile launchers, each carrying

up to six missiles inside the protective canisters.

The launcher transports, aims and fires missiles

with different characteristics.

IRIS-T System

The German IRIS-T system is similar to NASAMS. It’s a tier below the Patriot system and is configured to use missiles initially designed for fighter jets.

The heat-seeking missile has a medium range of around 20 miles and has proved effective against Russian cruise missiles, said Ian Williams, deputy director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The problem with [the IRIS-T] is sourcing it,” Williams added. Germany has pledged more, but they’re still in production, he said.

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IRIS-T SL system

The IRIS-T SL

is a mobile air defense missile system designed and developed by the German company Diehl.

Command and Control System

It performs fire control used to conduct airspace surveillance and has the capability to evaluate aerial treats and weapon assignments.

The system includes a multifunction radar with a range of 250 km (155 miles).

The launcher vehicle can be based on a truck chassis or a tracked armored chassis. In the firing position, the container missile launchers are erected in the vertical position.

Missile IRIS-T

Sources: Army Recognition Group.

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The IRIS-T SL is a mobile air defense missile system designed and developed by the German company Diehl.

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Command and

Control System

The Hawk system is the predecessor to the Patriot. Some versions are up to 50 years old.

It is no longer used in the United States, but many U.S. allies still operate the Hawk, including Spain which has sent the system to Ukraine. The United States took some Hawks out of storage to send to Ukraine as well. While the system is older than others Ukraine has, it can be useful against some lower-quality Russian missiles.

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I-Hawk system components

The Hawk system is the predecessor to Patriot missile defense. It provides defense against aircraft, cruise missiles and short-range tactical ballistic missiles.

The current version of the system, upgraded continuously, is called Improved Hawk or I-Hawk.

Battery Control

Illuminators

It performs

and control

These track and

illuminate the targets.

Target Detection

Acquisition

Missile Launchers

A typical unit has six launchers. In addition

to their missile aiming function, they support

pre-launch commands and transport the missiles.

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Battery Control Central

High Power Illuminators

These track and illuminate

the targets.

Pulse Acquisition

A typical unit has six launchers. In addition to their missile

aiming function, they support pre-launch commands

and transport the missiles.

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I-Hawk system

These track

and illuminate

Continuous Wave radar

A typical unit has six launchers. In addition to their missile aiming function,

they support pre-launch commands and transport the missiles.

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Continuous Wave

A typical unit has six launchers. In addition to their missile aiming function, they support pre-launch commands and transport the missiles.

While gun trucks have a much shorter range than other air defense systems, their ammunition is more readily available and cheaper. It’s a more basic system which can easily be operated by soldiers who only need to see a threat and fire.

They have been most useful, Williams said, in intercepting Iranian-made drones that Russia has used. “Gun systems have been really good at helping Ukrainians preserve their interceptor capacity,” he said. That has helped commanders save more complex and expensive systems for bigger threats, like aircraft and missiles.

The Pentagon said last month it would provide nine such trucks armed with 30mm cannons, along with laser-guided rockets. Both systems, officials said, are intended to be used against drones.

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Counter-Unmanned

Aerial System

The 30mm gun trucks can detect, track and shoot air targets like drones, but also can fire on ground-based threats like enemy vehicles.

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Karen DeYoung and Serhiy Morgunov contributed to this report.

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PARIS — France will supply Ukraine with about 40 more Scalp-EG cruise missiles and hundreds of bombs in coming weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a press conference Tuesday evening.

The French defense industry is also working within the framework of a “war economy” to boost production and supplies of equipment to Ukraine, in particular 155mm Caesar howitzers, the president said.

Macron turned to international issues more than two hours into a sprawling press conference in Paris, calling the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine the biggest risk to the security of Europe. He said France is finalizing a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine similar to the one concluded by the U.K. last week.

“We will basically continue to help Ukraine in its needs – for training, to hold on to the front, and to defend its skies,” Macron said. “With the deliveries I mentioned, with the agreements we’re finalizing.”

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed an  agreement on security cooperation  in Kyiv on Jan. 12, committing the U.K. to consulting with Ukraine in the event the country is attacked by Russia ever again, and to provide “swift and sustained” assistance for defense. The U.K. also announced military funding of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) for Ukraine in the 2024-2025 financial year.

Macron plans to visit Ukraine in February, by which time he said deliveries of munitions will have started, as France hands over equipment “almost in real time” with announcements.

France received its first Scalp from missile maker MBDA in 2003, and a senate report that year put the cost for a single missile at €860,000. The French started a midlife upgrade in 2016 to keep Scalp operationally effective until at least 2030.

French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecorne is scheduled to host his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov in France on Thursday, with visits to the KNDS site in Bourges, where the company builds the truck-mounted Caesar howitzer, and MBDA’s production site of Scalp missiles in Selles-Saint-Denis.

France ranks behind Germany and the U.K. in value of military aid provided to Ukraine between January 2022 to October 2023, as well as behind smaller countries including Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, according to  data tracked by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy . At the same time, some of the equipment supplied by France expanded the long-range fire capabilities sought by Ukraine, including the Caesar cannons and Scalp missiles.

Macron said the world has become unstable, defined by the tension between China and the U.S., which risks upsetting Europe. He repeated calls for a more sovereign Europe that is an ally of the U.S. “but which doesn’t depend on it,” and which can be a hub of stability.

Russia cannot be allowed to win in Ukraine, because that would implicate the security of Europe and all of Russia’s neighbors, the president said.

“We will very clearly, us French and us Europeans, have new decisions to take in the weeks and months to come, precisely not to let Russia win.”

Macron said increased military investment now needs to be complemented by developing European defense, more common programs and investments, standardization of major European industrial programs and a closer military culture with partners.

Rudy Ruitenberg is a Europe correspondent for Defense News. He started his career at Bloomberg News and has experience reporting on technology, commodity markets and politics.

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Kyiv, Ukraine  — The British government announced Thursday it was giving long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine to help drive out Russia's occupying forces. The boost to Ukraine's forces came as Kyiv delayed its long-anticipated counteroffensive more than 14 months after the Kremlin's full-scale invasion, as the country awaits the delivery of more Western weapons.

U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers in the House of Commons that Britain is donating Storm Shadow missiles, a conventionally-armed deep-strike weapon with a range of more than 150 miles. That means they can hit targets deep behind the front lines, including in Russia-occupied Crimea. U.K. media reported that Ukraine had pledged not to use the missiles to attack Russia itself.

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Wallace said the missiles were "now going into or are in" Ukraine.

Ben Hodges, a former U.S. Army Europe Commanding General, tweeted : "Well done UK!"

He added: "This will give Ukraine capability to make Crimea untenable for Russian forces," and would force a Russian rethink of where to position its Black Sea fleet.

The British move gives another boost to the Ukrainian military as it receives other advanced Western weapons, including heavy battle tanks , long-range precision artillery and air defense weapons .

The announcement came shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country's military needed more time to prepare for the anticipated counteroffensive, aimed at pushing back Russian forces who've occupied a vast swath of the eastern part of the country, and opening a new chapter in the war more than 14 months after the Kremlin's full-scale invasion.

Zelenskyy said in an interview broadcast Thursday by the BBC that it would be "unacceptable" to launch the assault now because too many lives would be lost.

"With (what we have) we can go forward and be successful," Zelenskyy said in the interview, according to the BBC. "But we'd lose a lot of people. I think that's unacceptable."

The interview was reportedly carried out in Kyiv with public service broadcasters who are members of Eurovision News, including the BBC.

"So we need to wait. We still need a bit more time," Zelenskyy was quoted as saying.

A Ukrainian fightback against Russia's invasion has been expected for weeks. Ukraine is receiving Western training as well as advanced weapons for its troops as it gears up for an expected assault.

While a counterpunch is possible as the weather in Ukraine improves, there has been no word on when it might happen. Zelenskyy's remarks could be a red herring to keep the Russians guessing, and ammunition supply difficulties faced by both sides have added more uncertainty.

A claim by the Ukrainian military on Wednesday that it had advanced up to 1.2 miles around the hotly contested eastern city of Bakhmut brought speculation that the counteroffensive was already underway. But Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesman for Ukraine's Operational Command East, told The Associated Press the attack was not the "grand counteroffensive, but it's a harbinger showing that there will be more such attacks in the future."

The Kremlin's forces are deeply entrenched in eastern areas of Ukraine, with layered defensive lines reportedly up to 12 miles deep. Kyiv's counteroffensive would likely face minefields, anti-tank ditches and other obstacles.

Russia is "acting slow" in Ukraine because it wants to preserve infrastructure and save lives there, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed in an interview with the Bosnian Serb channel ATV broadcast Wednesday night.

Moscow has repeatedly explained its lack of advances on the battlefield as an effort to protect civilians, but those claims have been proven false.

Zelenskyy said Russian President Vladimir Putin is counting on reducing the war to a so-called frozen conflict, with neither side able to dislodge the other, according to the BBC. He has ruled out surrendering territory to Russia in return for a peace deal.

Military analysts have warned that Putin is hoping the West's costly support for Kyiv will begin to fray. Ukraine's Western allies have sent the country some $70 billion in military aid to help thwart the Kremlin's ambitions, and with no peace negotiations on the horizon the alliance is gearing up to send more.

European Union Foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the possible need to delay a counteroffensive was a sign that the West must step up its military support for Ukraine.

"Certainly, they need more preparation," Borrell said at a defense and security conference in Brussels. "They need more arms. They need to gather more capacity, and it is us who have to provide for that."

A senior NATO official said that in the coming months of the war, Ukraine will have the edge in quality but Russia has the upper hand in quantity.

"The Russians are now starting to use very old materiel , very old capabilities," Adm. Bob Bauer, chair of the NATO Military Committee, told reporters late Wednesday in Brussels.

"The Russians will have to focus on quantity," he said. "Larger number of conscripts and mobilized people. Not well-trained. Older materiel, but large numbers, and not as precise, not as good as the newer ones."

Over the winter, the conflict became bogged down in a war of attrition with both sides relying heavily on bombardment of each other's positions.

A counteroffensive is a major challenge, requiring the Ukrainian military to orchestrate a wide range of capabilities, including providing ammunition, food, medical supplies and spare parts, strung along potentially extended supply lines.

The front line extends more than 600 miles, running from the north to the south of eastern Ukrain, but the most intense fighting this year has been around Bakhmut.

The Kremlin wants Kyiv to acknowledge Russia's sovereignty over Crimea and also recognize September's annexation of the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia. Ukraine has rejected the demands and ruled out any talks with Russia until its troops pull back from all occupied territories.

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Russia fires 30 cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets; Ukraine says 29 were shot down

Kremlin-installed authorities in Crimea said eight train cars had derailed on Thursday due to an explosion. Russian state media reported the train was carrying grain. (May 18)

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Police Press Office, fragments of a Russian rocket which was shot down by Ukraine's air defence system are seen after the night rocket attack in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Police Press Office, fragments of a Russian rocket which was shot down by Ukraine’s air defence system are seen after the night rocket attack in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

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In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, May 18, 2023, Russian soldiers prepare a 152 mm self-propelled gun Giatsint-S to fire toward Ukrainian position at an undisclosed location. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Emergency workers load a body of a local resident, who was killed during a rocket attack, into a car in the village of Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Andrii Marienko)

A damaged private house and car are seen in the village of Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Andrii Marienko)

Investigators stand at derailed train cars carrying grain next to the railroad track, Crimea, Thursday, May 18, 2023. Quoting a source within the emergency services, state news agency RIA Novosti said that the incident occurred not far from the city of Simferopol. The Crimean Railway reported that the derailment was caused by “the interference of unauthorized persons” and that there were no casualties. (AP Photo)

Derailed train cars carrying grain are seen next to the railroad track, Crimea, Thursday, May 18, 2023. Quoting a source within the emergency services, state news agency RIA Novosti said that the incident occurred not far from the city of Simferopol. The Crimean Railway reported that the derailment was caused by “the interference of unauthorized persons” and that there were no casualties. (AP Photo)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia fired 30 cruise missiles against different parts of Ukraine early Thursday in the latest nighttime test of Ukrainian air defenses, which shot down 29 of them, officials said.

One person was killed and two were wounded by a Russian missile that got through and struck an industrial building in the southern region of Odesa, according to Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesperson for the region’s military administration.

Amid the recently intensified Russian air assaults, China said its special envoy met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during talks in Kyiv earlier this week with Ukraine’s chief diplomat.

Beijing’s peace proposal has so far yielded no apparent breakthrough in the war . Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Thursday that the warring parties needed to “accumulate mutual trust” for progress to be made.

Ukrainian officials sought during the talks to recruit China’s support for Kyiv’s own peace plan, according to Ukraine’s presidential office. Zelenskyy’s proposal includes the restoration of his country’s territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian forces and holding Russian President Vladimir Putin legally accountable for the invasion in February 2022.

Viktoriia Litvinova, Ukraine's deputy prosecutor general, speaks to reporters in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Litvinova announced the creation of a national registry to document cases of sexual violence allegedly committed by Russian forces. (AP photo/Derek Gatopoulos)

Leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations gathering in Japan on Thursday were expected to denounce Russia’s war and vow to keep helping Ukraine fight Moscow. They were to hold “discussions about the battlefield” in Ukraine, according to Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser.

A Western official said Russia had built “potentially formidable” defensive lines on Ukrainian territory, including extensive minefields, and had more than 200,000 troops along the 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) front line, though it is unlikely to possess credible reserves.

As Ukraine receives sophisticated weapons systems from its Western allies, the Kremlin has started losing warplanes in areas previously deemed as safe, the official said, while Kyiv has proven able to shoot down Russia’s hypersonic ballistic missiles — the most advanced weapons in Moscow’s arsenal.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military intelligence.

Meanwhile, Kremlin-installed authorities in occupied Crimea reported the derailment of eight train cars Thursday because of an explosion, prompting renewed suspicions about possible Ukrainian saboteur activity behind Russian lines. Russian state media reported that the train was carrying grain.

The state news agency RIA Novosti, quoting a source within the emergency services, said the incident occurred not far from the city of Simferopol. The Crimean Railway company said the derailment was caused by “the interference of unauthorized persons” and that there were no casualties.

Ukraine officials refuse to comment on possible acts of sabotage. Ukraine’s military intelligence spokesperson, Andriy Yusov, noted on Ukrainian television that Russian train lines “are also used to transport weapons, ammunition, armored vehicles.”

Overnight, loud explosions were heard in Kyiv as the Kremlin’s forces targeted the capital for the ninth time this month. It was a clear escalation after weeks of lull and before a much-anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive using newly supplied advanced Western weapons.

Debris fell on two Kyiv districts, starting a fire at a garage complex. There was no immediate word about any victims, Serhii Popko, head of the Kyiv military administration, said in a Telegram post.

Ukraine also shot down two Russian exploding drones and two reconnaissance drones, according to the authorities.

The missiles were launched from Russian sea, air and ground bases, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Ukrainian commander in chief, wrote on Telegram.

Several waves of missiles were aimed at areas of Ukraine between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. Thursday, he said.

Russian forces used strategic bombers from the Caspian region and apparently fired X-101 and X-55-type missiles developed during Soviet times, Kyiv authorities said. Russia then deployed reconnaissance drones over the capital.

In the last major air attack on Kyiv, on Tuesday, Ukrainian air defenses bolstered by sophisticated Western-supplied systems shot down all the incoming missiles, officials said.

That attack used hypersonic missiles, which repeatedly have been touted by Putin as providing a key strategic advantage. The missiles, which are among the most advanced weapons in Russia’s arsenal, are difficult to detect and intercept because of their hypersonic speed and maneuverability.

But sophisticated Western air defense systems, including American-made Patriot missiles, have helped spare Kyiv from the kind of destruction witnessed along the main front line in the country’s east and south.

While the ground fighting is largely deadlocked along that front line, both sides are targeting each other’s territory with long-range weapons.

The most intense fighting has focused on the battle for the city of Bakhmut and the surrounding area, in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province, with a Ukrainian military official claiming Thursday that the army advanced up to 1.7 kilometers (more than a mile) there over the previous day.

At the same time, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the millionaire owner of Russia’s private military contractor Wagner whose troops have spearheaded the battle, claimed that Russian army units had retreated from their positions north of the city. Prigozhin is a frequent critic of the Russian military.

At least seven Ukrainian civilians were killed, including a 5-year-old boy, and 18 people were wounded over the previous 24 hours, the presidential office said.

Also, two people were wounded in a drone attack in Russia’s southern Kursk region, which borders Ukraine, the regional governor reported Thursday.

In a Telegram post, Roman Starovoit claimed Ukrainian forces dropped an explosive device from a drone on a sports and recreation complex.

In Russia’s Belgorod region, two people were killed in Ukrainian shelling of the village of Nizhnee Berezovo, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border, according to Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Jill Lawless in London and Yuras Karmanau in Tallinn, Estonia contributed to this report.

Follow AP’s coverage of the war in Ukraine at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

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Ukraine takes out 7 of 11 cruise missiles and all 32 drones over 9 Ukrainian oblasts in major Russian attack

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Ukrainian Air Defense shot down  seven cruise missiles and 32 Shahed kamikaze drones launched by Russia against Ukraine overnight on May 30, Air Force commander, Mykola Oleshchuk, reported on Telegram.

Military facilities and critical infrastructure were the main targets of the combined night attack, he said.

The Russians launched:

8 S-300/S-400 anti-aircraft guided missiles in Kharkiv Oblast

11 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles from Tu-95 MS strategic aviation aircraft (launched from Russia’s Saratov Oblast)

32 Shahed-131/136 type kamikaze drones (launched from Russia’s Primorsko-Akhtarsk, and temporarily occupied Crimea's Cape Chauda).

Read also: Explosion rocks Odesa during air raid alert

Ukraine deployed Air Force anti-aircraft missile units, Defense Forces mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare units to counter the aerial assault.

Russian cruise missiles and drones were neutralized over Khmelnytskyi, Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, Odesa, Kherson, Kyiv, and Vinnytsia oblasts.

Russian mass attack on May 30

The Russians launched a massive attack on Ukraine overnight on May 30, firing Shahed drones and missiles from Tu-95MS strategic bombers.

The Russians hit critical infrastructure in one of Kharkiv’s districts, injuring four people.

The invaders fired at least five rockets at infrastructure facilities and the community's residential area in Mala Danylivka, Kharkiv Oblast.

Read also: Over 5,600 acres of forests on fire in Kharkiv Oblast, mostly due to Russian shelling

A power line was damaged in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

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Kyiv, Ukraine – The first US-made F-16 fighter jets have yet to appear in the sky over Ukraine, but there’s already a bounty on them.

Fores, a Russian company that produces equipment for oil drilling, said that it would pay 15 million rubles, or about $170,000, to the first Russian pilot who shoots down an F-16.

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Russia will also rain supersonic ballistic missiles to destroy the F-16s on Ukrainian soil. Kyiv already plans to station some of them in other Eastern European nations such as Poland.

“Understandably, they will be hunted down,” Lieutenant General Ihor Romanenko, ex-deputy head of Ukraine’s general staff of armed forces, told Al Jazeera. “But we will serve them, hide them, equip and use them.”

The first dozen of F-16s are expected to arrive in Ukraine within weeks as their pilots complete their training.

The single-engine aircraft, also known as the Fighting Falcon or the Viper, has been featured in countless Hollywood action movies and video games.

It took to the sky in 1974 and was developed after the war in Vietnam, where Soviet MiGs overwhelmed heavier and slower US fighter jets.

Produced by Lockheed Martin, the F-16 is one of the world’s most widely-used fighter jets procured by two dozen nations worldwide.

But 50 years after its inception and with the emergence of new generations of fighter jets, it is unlikely to become a game-changer in the Russia-Ukraine war, observers said.

“They say F-16s are manna from heaven. Far from it,” Romanenko quipped.

The engine’s air intake is located too low and can swallow pebbles from potholed Ukrainian airstrips – that can also be dangerous to the plane’s small wheels.

A much bigger problem is the range of missiles the West would supply for them.

Like a Lego toy, an F-16 can carry various missiles or bombs, but the planes Ukraine is getting come with very small add-ons.

“We’re on the hook with the weaponry they will give us,” Romanenko said.

The missiles will most likely have a range of 120km (75 miles) – while Russian missiles can fly up to 300km (186miles).

“You wriggle any way you can,” Romanenko said. “And we will indeed have to wriggle.”

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The training for Ukrainian pilots lasted for six months – a short period to master the basics of flying, dodging enemy fire and engaging enemy planes.

Ukrainian pilots also needed English training – and had to re-adapt their habits of flying Soviet-produced fighter jets that were designed to counter F-16s and their F-15 siblings – but were not modelled on them.

Dozens more Ukrainian pilots will undergo similar training.

“The training will be extremely basic, which is also not a plus,” Mykhailo Zhirokhov, a military expert based in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, told Al Jazeera.

Therefore, the F-16s will be used “exclusively” as carriers of high-precision weapons, he said.

These days, the Ukrainian Air Force has US-made GBU precision-guided bombs that can glide for about 100km (62 miles) to their targets.

They also use Joint Direct Attack Munition kits that turn average “dumb” bombs into precision-guided munitions, and also received French-made AASM guided bombs, he said.

The F-16s will intercept Russian cruise missiles and Herans, modified Shaheed kamikaze drones developed in Iran, he said.

And as Russian missiles can potentially reach any Ukrainian airfield modified for F-16s, Kyiv may use them only as “jump airfields” for refuelling, Zhrokhov said.

Ukraine’s top brass hopes to get AIM-120 air-to-air missiles that could put an end to Russia’s biggest battlefield advantage.

In the past year, Russian planes didn’t have to fly over the actual Ukrainian positions as their heavy KAB bombs can glide for dozens of kilometres to precisely destroy the most fortified buildings.

The KABs have become a “miracle weapon that brings results and practically has no countermeasures,” Deep State, a Telegram channel with links to the Ukrainian military, wrote in March.

The KABs secured the widely-publicised takeover of Avdiivka and several more eastern Ukrainian towns.

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Only one or two F-16s will be stationed on Ukrainian soil to “shoo away” Russian aircraft carrying the KABs, a German military analyst said.

“F-16s are too precious a gift, and too few are provided [to Ukraine] to risk them,” Nikolay Mitrokhin of Germany’s Bremen University told Al Jazeera.

They are not likely to be involved in direct fights with Russian fighter jets, and their duels will be limited to “not very effective” missile strikes, he said.

The F-16s will also strike surface targets – but only from distances that rule out Russia’s use of S-300 and S-400 air defence complexes, he said.

The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Norway pledged to supply a total of 85 F-16s by 2028 as they receive far more advanced F-35 fighter jets from Washington.

It’s enough for four squadrons – but is far from the 120 aircraft Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the West for to counter the 300 Russian planes.

‘Twice as old as their pilots’

The Ukrainian air force has been neglected and underfunded for decades.

After the 1991 Soviet collapse, Kyiv gave away its fleet of Soviet-era bombers to Moscow.

A half of Russia’s 16 Tu-160 bombers that can carry 45 tonnes of bombs or a dozen missiles used to belong to Kyiv – and were “transferred” along with hundreds of missiles in the late 1990s as payment for Moscow’s natural gas.

The “youngest” Ukrainian fighter jet is a Su-27 made in 1991 – and other aircraft are often “twice as old as their pilots,” Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuri Ihnat said in televised remarks in 2023.

Kyiv has about 50 MiGs-29 and two dozen Sukhoi 27 fighter jets whose notoriously flawed radars have short detection range and can be easily jammed by Russians.

Moscow uses newer and better equipped MiGs and Sukhois, and Ukraine destroyed at least a dozen on airfields in occupied regions or mainland Russia.

Kyiv has lost at least 22 of its MiGs, but Germany, Poland and Slovakia donated 27 similar planes that mostly became a source of spare parts.

And while Western nations such as France and Sweden offered their advanced fighter jets, Washington pushed Kyiv to accept F-16s to secure their use in Ukraine for decades to come, experts say.

“This is defence of American military industrial complex and a matter of geopolitical influence,” Kyiv-based analyst Aleksey Kushch told Al Jazeera.

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Crimea's S-400 Defenses Fall in Minutes to Ukraine's ATACMS Missiles Attack

T hree Russian land-to-air systems, which were supposed to protect Crimea, were destroyed within minutes in a barrage of American-made missiles. This is the latest humiliating blow for Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the British " Telegraph ." The strikes were part of a carefully planned and systematic campaign designed to dismantle Russia's air defense network and make Crimea untenable for Russian forces.

The campaign, which has intensified in recent weeks, pits Ukraine's arsenal of Western missiles—including American ATACMS ballistic missiles and British "Storm Shadow" cruise missiles—against Russia's latest defenses.

Russia's "incredible weaponry" has failed

Moscow's vaunted defense appears increasingly inferior to Ukraine's Western weaponry—even though many of these are significantly older. "None of our missiles were intercepted by the enemy's ‘very effective’ air defense," the Ukrainian General Staff said on Monday morning after the attack.

Two days later, a salvo of 12 ATACMS missiles removed another two Russian S-400 systems and a radar installation. Russian rhetoric claims all this weaponry is incredible. But, in reality, when you put all these things together in war, it’s not just a question of technology but also the ingenuity and imagination of the people using it, Matthew Saville, Director of Military Sciences at the RUSI institute, told the "Telegraph."

"Russian S-400 vulnerable to older Western weaponry"

The S-400, which entered service in 2007, is one of Russia's most advanced air defense systems, worth over a billion dollars.

But recent Ukrainian strikes have shown that it remains vulnerable even to older weapons like the ATACMS, in service with the US military since 1986, or the "Storm Shadows," dating from the mid-1990s.

"People have been praising Russian air defense for years.

What we’ve actually seen over a period of time is that they didn’t protect the Syrians in Syria. They didn’t protect the Iranians in Iran, and now they haven’t protected the Russians in Crimea," Saville said.

Western cruise missiles are harder to intercept than their Russian counterparts, and their stealth technology sets them apart, Fabian Hoffman, a research fellow focusing on missile technology at the University of Oslo, told the "Telegraph." "Storm Shadows" fly at low altitudes, with their carefully crafted shapes making detection by Russian radars difficult.

This means they can fly past air defense systems undetected—as shown by footage from Crimea. When approaching the end of their flight, the missiles steeply climb before diving towards their targets. However, these capabilities are not the only thing distinguishing Ukrainian attacks; there’s also the quick thinking of its soldiers, the "Telegraph" notes.

"There’s just much more planning around attacks with 'Storm Shadows.' Ukrainians really plan these routes, they are really meticulously designed to bypass the bubbles of Russian air defense. We’ve also seen that Russian operators are not very skilled...

They are currently very methodical and systematic in targeting these S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. And they know it’s the smart thing to do. This is exactly what NATO would do," Hoffman said. According to Saville, Ukrainian long-range missile strikes are accompanied by a large number of attacking drones, which provides "enormous numerical weight" against which Russia finds it difficult to retaliate.

"When you combine it all together, the weight of fire coming in—probably from multiple directions—means you can execute these strikes," he said. "Ukrainians are now launching attacks in all directions. The Russians have significant stockpiles of various weapons, but now they will have to make tough decisions about priorities," Saville said.

Russia intensified attacks during a peace conference in Switzerland

During the two-day peace conference on Ukraine in Switzerland, which ended on Sunday, Russia intensified military attacks on Ukraine, according to Kyiv.

"The enemy is intensifying its offensive and assault operations, seeking ways to break through our defenses and displace Ukrainians from their positions," the Ukrainian General Staff reported on the situation on the ground Sunday evening, according to dpa.

According to the report, the number of battles rose to 88. Most of the battles are taking place in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine—36 in total. The report adds that 25 attacks were repelled, but 11 are still ongoing.

The Russian military is attempting further breakthroughs, particularly near the city of Pokrovsk, it said. The Russian military also said it tried ten times to attack Ukrainian positions on the front line simultaneously in the north and south—in the Lyman area and around Kurakhove.

Russian air forces dropped heavy bombs on defensive positions, it said. These reports could not be independently confirmed. Since last fall, Ukraine has been on the defensive because the West delayed shipments of weapons and ammunition.

However, the recent delivery of weapons supplies has stabilized the situation on the front, limiting Russian territorial gains while also enabling strong and effective Ukrainian attacks that have destroyed significant resources for Russia, especially in Rostov.

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10th AAMDC discusses integrated air and missile defense at EUROSATORY 2024

10th AAMDC talks integrated air and missile defense during EUROSATORY 2024

Photo By Capt. Alexander Watkins | U.S. Army Col. Ro Clemente delivers remarks during the 2024 EUROSATORY Speaker’s... ... read more read more

Photo By Capt. Alexander Watkins | U.S. Army Col. Ro Clemente delivers remarks during the 2024 EUROSATORY Speaker’s Corner on “Integrated Air and Missile Defense and the Emerging Air Threat” June 19,2024 in Paris, France (Caption by U.S. Army Capt. Alexander Watkins).   see less | View Image Page

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Story by capt. alexander watkins  , 10th army air and missile defense command.

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PARIS — EUROSATORY 2024, held from June 17 to 21, is the largest ever defense show and expo in Europe. The event, covering 102,000 square meters, featured over 62,000 visitors from more than 145 countries. Exhibits on the floor of EUROSATORY showcased platforms, technologies, and systems addressing some of the most challenging problems faced by the U.S., its Allies, and partner nations. This year’s exhibit also reflected feedback from the last two years of the war in Ukraine. One way these reflections were incorporated into EUROSATORY 2024 was through the Association of the United States Army’s Speaker’s Corner. These 45-minute presentations featured a variety of speakers and subject matter experts on diverse topics. One of the presentations, “Integrated Air and Missile Defense and the Emerging Air Threat,” was delivered by 10th AAMDC’s G3 Operations Officer, U.S. Army Col. Rosanna Clemente. Clemente began her remarks reflecting on the growing role integrated air and missile defense has played, driven by Russia’s war in Ukraine. “Recently short, intermediate, and long-range missile threats are rising worldwide. The last two years of Russian aggression in Europe have shown the importance of defending against these missile and drone strikes on today’s battlefield,” Clemente said. “We must capitalize on the momentum the war in Ukraine has generated, particularly because people have not placed this much emphasis on air defense since the end of the Cold War.” The challenges faced by Ukrainian air defenders are complex, with Russia frequently using multi-domain, multi-layered attacks to create challenges for the air defenders on the ground. Clemente provided a brief vignette of what a Ukrainian air defender may expect to see within a 24-hour period: “Let’s consider the following battlefield exchange that occurs over a 24-hour period. It includes a wave of one-way attack drones, air-launched ballistic missiles, air- and sea-launched cruise missiles, reconnaissance drones, loitering munitions, and barrages of conventional artillery and missiles.” When faced with these complex problems and multiple threats, Ukrainian air defenders are faced with the reality that every air defender acknowledges: there will never be enough air and missile defense capacity in terms of systems, complexes, and interceptors to defend everything that has to be protected. Faced with this, air defenders, especially Ukrainian air defenders, ask themselves one question when assigning assets to provide protection, “Where do I deploy my assets to protect and save the most lives.” The increase in air and missile threats from Russia has also led to concerns about a rise in the financial cost of deterrence, a point Clemente addressed directly: “The concerns from the West over mounting expenses needed to face such a threat are understandable, but these expenses pale in comparison to the far higher price the international community will have to pay if there were to be a Russian victory.” Clemente proposed a regional solution to allies and partners to address the increasingly complex air and missile threat: “A regional approach to air defense would allow NATO to shift from legacy, closed, and slow thinking systems to open, AI-enabled, fast, cost curve informed, and adaptable systems.” Clemente continued on this regional approach, saying that the NATO exercise framework is the place where interoperability is built and tested. “Adapting this regional model requires extensive air and missile defense training and exercising reps and sets within the NATO exercise framework to establish the trust and interoperability in conflict.” She concluded with a strong reinforcement of one of the main observations from the war in Ukraine, that no single country can do integrated air and missile defense alone, “What we continue to observe in Ukraine, is that we are stronger together. When we deepen interoperability and affirm resolve against those who violate territorial integrity and political sovereignty of other states.” Events like EUROSATORY provide unique forums to forge relationships, share ideas, and become closer. No nation can confront the unique challenges of air and missile defense alone. NATO’s strength lies in its unity – which has never been greater than it is today. The 10th AAMDC continues to be at the forefront of integration with our NATO allies and partners across all domains. For further inquiries, please contact the 10th AAMDC Public Affairs office at +49 172 1410977 or [email protected].

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Russia Launches Missile Attack as Ukrainian Troops Hold Ground

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Russia launched a large-scale missile and drone attack across Ukraine overnight, the second such assault this month, as Kyiv’s top military commander said the advance of Kremlin forces has largely stalled on the front line.

Ukrainian air defenses downed five of six missiles and all 24 explosive-laden Shahed drones over its central, southern and eastern regions, the country’s air force command said early Wednesday on Telegram.

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