Ukraine claims to have shot down 61 of 71 Russian cruise missiles

Maria Kostenko

Ukraine’s Air Force Command said it has shot down 61 out of 71 missiles launched by Russia on Friday, as air raid sirens blared across the country earlier amid a series of attacks.

“The enemy attacked from the air using eight Tu-95MS strategic bombers that launched Kh-101 and Kh-555 missiles from Volgodonsk and the Caspian Sea area,” the Air Force said in a statement. “The enemy also attacked with Kalibr-type sea-based cruise missiles from ships in the Black Sea.”

Ukraine’s military says that in addition, Russian launched around 35 S-300 missiles at the southern city of Zaporizhzhia and the northeastern Kharkiv region – a missile designed to be surface-to-air, but used by Russia to strike the ground.

The military also claimed to have down five Iranian-made Shahed drones overnight.

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