Russia ‘aimed’ a 1,000-kilogram warhead at a panel building

PANAGYURISHTE, BULGARIA — On the eve of the Orthodox New Year, Moscow demolished a residential building in the Dnipro. To date, according to information from Spiegel, 40 Ukrainian citizens have died. At least another 40 people living in the building are missing. This suggests that the number of Ukrainians killed by the Russian Kh-22 missile will most likely increase.

Russia 'aimed' a 1,000-kilogram warhead at a panel building
Photo credit: AFP

BulgarianMilitary.com has already written a report that a Russian Tu-22 bomber fired the Kh-22 anti-ship missile at the panel prefabricated building in Dnipro. What we didn’t say, however, was the missile’s destructive power.

Before that, let’s make a clarification. According to Mr. Oleksiy Arestovych, senior advisor to Ukrainian President Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the Ukrainian Air Defense intercepted and shot down the missile that destroyed the residential building. “It [the missile] was shot down. It apparently landed on the block of flats. But it exploded as it fell.”

BulgarianMilitary.com would like to make one clarification: a missile is intercepted and shot down in the air after the interceptor detonates its charge near the attacking missile. In this way, debris from both missiles is obtained, which could not have caused similar damage. A missile is not deviated from its course by another missile as claimed.

In confirmation of the analysis of BulgarianMilitary.com are the words of Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force. “The armed forces [of Ukraine – ed.] do not yet have the means to shoot the X-22 out of the sky. Only Western anti-aircraft systems such as Patriot PAC-3 or SAMP/T, which may be provided in the future, could do this “ says General Oleschuk.

Russian Tu-22 fired an anti-ship missile at a residential building
Photo credit: Weapons parade

This clarification became necessary because Mr. Oleksii Aristovych speculated in a TV program about the downing of the Kh-22.

The Kh-22 missile travels at Mach 4. It carries a 1,000-kilogram warhead. The warhead can be in one of two configurations: a hexogen high explosive charge or a thermonuclear weapon charge. Since the missile is not known to have carried a turbo-nuclear warhead, 1,000 kilograms of hexogen high explosive was capable of causing the exact destruction that the building suffered.

Where once there was a prefabricated residential panel building, a ten-meter mountain of rubble now rises. A total of 72 apartments are said to have been destroyed.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls the new chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov. The rocket attack on residential buildings and what happened to the Ukrainian civilian population is a sign that the Russian general will show no regard for civilians – or, on the contrary, will increase attacks on civilian targets.

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