IRIS-T SLM air defense shot down a Russian missile near Kyiv
KYIV ($1=36.94 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A Russian missile was shot down with the help of the German IRIS-T air defense systems already delivered to Ukraine. This is what Ukrainian sources claim, sharing photos of an already-used missile from the IRIS-T complex.
According to some, the Russian missile was a Kh-101 and was shot down over Chernihiv Oblast, which is located 30 km from Kyiv. However, there is no evidence that the German IRIS-T SLM shot down this particular missile. Some Ukrainian sources even say that the downed Kh-101 was shot down with a different system than the one supplied by Germany. However, the capabilities of the IRIS-T SLM allow it to counter such types of cruise missiles as well as surface-to-air missiles.
The Kh-101/102, also known as Product 111, was developed to replace the aging Russian Kh-55 missiles. The rocket weighs about 2,400 kg. Depending on its modification, the missile can be armed with a conventional warhead [Kh-101] or a thermonuclear warhead [Kh-102]. The maximum range of the missile is up to 5,500 km.
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.
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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