The Commander of the Air Force denied the “chatter” of the so-called expert Arestovich
means to shoot down the type of missiles that the Rashists launched on January 14, and one of which hit a residential building in the Dnieper, said the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Mykola Oleshchuk.
"January 14, 2023 from five Tu-22m3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces launched five X-22 cruise missiles on the territory of Ukraine. The launches were carried out from the Kursk region and from the Sea of Azov.
One of the Kh-22 missiles, launched from the Kursk region at about 3 p.m. 30 minutes. On January 14, 2023, it hit a high-rise building in the city of Dnipro (on Pobeda Embankment Street).
Radar facilities detected the approximate launch site, altitude, and flight speed. There is no doubt that it was the X-22 missile – no.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine do not have weapons capable of shooting down this type of missile. Since the beginning of Russia's military aggression on the territory of Ukraine, more than 210 missiles of this type have been fired. Not a single one was shot down by air defense systems,” Oleshchuk said.
He added that the mass of the Kh-22 warhead is about 950 kg. Maximum range – up to 600 km.
When used from long distances, the deviation from the target can be hundreds of meters.
“Only anti-aircraft missile systems, which in the future can be provided to Ukraine by Western partners (speech we are talking about systems such as the Patriot PAC-3 or SAMP-T), capable of intercepting these air targets,” said the airborne commander.
Earlier, a man with unclear powers and an unknown position, Alexei Arestovich said that Ukrainian air defense shot down a Russian X-22 missile, and it fell on a house in Dnipro. Ukrainian MP Aleksey Goncharenko said that no one knows the official position of this “specialist in all areas”, they cannot clearly formulate it even at Bankova at the request of the deputy. Goncharenko urged the Office of the President to come out with a statement that Arestovich has no official status and cannot make statements on behalf of the state.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich