Watch: Soldier shot down a Russian Kh cruise missile using MANPADS

KYIV ($1=36.93 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A video recorded the moment of the downing of a Russian cruise missile using MANPADS. However, it is not clear from the video whether the downed object was indeed a cruise missile. It could be a drone, but most Ukrainian sources say the downed body is a Russian cruise missile. Some suggest that it is one of two cruise missiles – Kh-101 or Kh-102.

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BulgarianMilitary.com does not undertake to confirm the type of downed air target, despite the claims of the Ukrainians. BulgarianMilitary.com has confirmed, citing reliable sources, that at least 100 rockets have been fired by the Russians since this morning at various Ukrainian cities. The capital of Ukraine was also shelled.

Stinger or Piorun MANPADS

The video does not show the model of the MANPADS used. According to some, it is either an American Stinger or a Polish Piorun. In principle, the infrared sight of both MANPADS can intercept a missile.

Cruise missiles that fly at low altitudes have very low radar cross-sections. These cruise missiles are the biggest threat to air defense systems. Russia has actively used air-launched cruise missiles [ALCM] and sea-launched cruise missiles [SLCM] in the war in Ukraine.

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Although the radar cross-sectional areas are small, cruise missiles are usually equipped with turbojet or turbofan engines. For this reason, a high temperature is produced in the back of the rockets. For this reason, IR/IIR missiles can be more effective against cruise missiles than RF missiles.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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