Russia Attacked with Drones, Cruise and Balistic Missiles Last Night: S-500 in Crimea

The attack was carried out on one of the largest Ukrainian air bases in the Khmelnytskyi region, probably in retaliation for the destroyed Su-57 fighter jets.

by Sededin Dedovic
Russia Attacked with Drones, Cruise and Balistic Missiles Last Night: S-500 in Crimea
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Russian air defense forces shot down 87 Ukrainian drones over six regions of Russia, 70 of which were over the Rostov region, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense announced today. Six drones were destroyed over the Kursk and Voronezh regions, two over the Belgorod and Kursk regions each, and one drone was destroyed over Crimea, reported the pro-Putin RIA Novosti.

Due to the fall of debris from the downed drones in the Voronezh region, minor damage was caused to an unused oil storage facility, regional governor Aleksandr Gusev announced on his Telegram channel. He specified that around 3 AM local time, air defense forces in the Liskinsky district shot down six drones and that the storage facility was damaged at that time.

Earlier, Rostov governor Vasily Golubev announced that air defense forces repelled a massive drone attack, causing a disruption in power supply in the Morozov district, and measures are being taken to restore the supply to consumers.

The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Russia has deployed S-500 systems in Crimea (occupied Ukrainian territory). Since the beginning of Russia's invasion and agression of Ukraine in February 2022, Moscow has almost daily reported Ukrainian drone attacks on border and central regions of Russia, as well as Crimea.

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One of the biggest Russian air strikes in recent months

Ukraine also stated that they intercepted a drone and missile attack conducted by Russia last night.

The Ukrainian military reported that they shot down seven out of 14 missiles and all 17 drones launched by Russian forces during the night attack. Ukrainian air defense forces shot down seven cruise missiles, and Russia also launched three Iskander-M ballistic missiles and one Kinzhal ballistic missile, Reuters reports.

The targets were intercepted over seven regions of the country. The massive air attack on Ukraine on the morning of June 14 was one of Russia's most intense attacks in recent months, launching ballistic missiles, dozens of drones, and H-101/H-55 missiles.

According to the Kyiv Post, at least five strategic bombers participated in the attack, with targets primarily in western Ukraine. The primary target of the attack was Starokostiantyniv in the Khmelnytskyi region, a city with a large Ukrainian airbase.

The attack began around 10:40 PM with Iranian-made Shahed combat drones, followed by the launch of cruise missiles. The attack ended at 4:43 AM. For the first time since the downing of the Russian Tu-22M3, strategic bombers were used within the range of Ukrainian air defense systems.

An hour and a half later, at 6:00 AM, Starokostiantyniv was hit by a hypersonic H-47M2 Kinzhal missile.

Financial aid but no U.S. troops in Ukraine

The U.S.-Ukrainian security agreement, signed during the Group of Seven summit in Italy, does not include the deployment of U.S.

troops in Ukraine, said President Joseph Biden. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni confirmed that G7 leaders reached an agreement to provide Ukraine with approximately $50 billion in financial support from frozen Russian assets.

U.S. President Joseph Biden and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky signed a ten-year security agreement between the two countries. Biden clarified that this agreement does not include the deployment of U.S. troops in Ukraine.

The Pentagon stated that the U.S. will not yet transfer additional Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine. Former U.S. President Donald Trump, criticizing the $60 billion aid package to Kyiv at a closed meeting of the Republican Party, asked: "If Ukraine wins, what will be the benefit?" Japan will provide Ukraine with $4.5 billion and will support it during the ten-year duration of the agreement.

The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Russia has deployed S-500 systems in occupied Crimea. NATO is preparing for a potential military conflict with Russia, warned Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended until December 31 the ban on the sale of Russian oil and derivatives to foreign legal and physical entities if the contracts include the price cap condition set by the United States and several other countries.

Rapid NATO mobilization

NATO can count on the rapid mobilization of 300,000 troops provided by member countries, a senior Alliance official said today. After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NATO countries agreed to significantly increase the number of troops they can mobilize in less than 30 days.

The responses provided by allies "greatly exceed 300,000" – the number the Alliance had set, said the official who wished to remain anonymous. Such troop engagement is part of NATO's plans to respond to the possibility of an attack, as decided at the Alliance summit in Vilnius, Lithuania last year.

These defense plans specify what each member country should do in the event of a Russian invasion. Military commands are checking in each Alliance country whether they have the necessary capacities and can implement these plans. Agence France-Presse writes that NATO is behind in air defense and long-range missiles.

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