Russia ‘delivered death’ by firing 8 Kitchen missiles at Odessa
At least eight Kh-22 missiles were fired by seven or eight Russian bombers in the direction of Odessa, Ukrainian officials said. The airstrike was carried out ahead of Victory Day, which Russia celebrates every year on May 9. Kh-22 is known among the military by its other name – “Kitchen.”
Some of the missiles managed to reach their targets. However, others are not, but their interception by Ukrainian air defense is not reported. Observers and some Ukrainian media, including Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat, believe they may have self-destructed. The Kh-22 is not a new missile, so it’s entirely possible that they haven’t even been activated.
According to an official Kyiv, Kh-22 missiles targeted a warehouse of a food company and a recreation area on the Black Sea coast. The target was hit, they say in Ukraine, and a huge fire broke out at the site of the explosion. A warehouse of the Red Cross was also destroyed, says the organization in Ukraine.
Kh-22 was developed in the 60s of the last century. Developed during the Soviet Union, this missile was in service for many years in the Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS]. However, it had never taken part in actual combat, until the beginning of the “special military operation” in Ukraine [this term Moscow uses not to say “war” or “invasion”].
Despite its outdated design, the missile is impressive and by all accounts still a deadly weapon. Its warhead reaches 1,000 kg of RDX. However, the Kh-22 can also carry another type of warhead – between 350 kt and 1,000 kt thermonuclear charge. The maximum altitude at which the missile can fly is 27 km [89,000 ft] and the maximum strike distance is 600 km.
The Kh-22 flies at a speed of Mach 4.6. After its launch from an air launch platform, the R-201 liquid-fuel rocket takes care to reach its maximum flight speed. The missile is homing. Its guidance system is inertial guidance followed by terminal active radar homing. Can only be launched by bombers. Most often they are from the Tu-22 and Tu-95 series.
On May 8th, reports gradually began to emerge that Russian bombers had taken off. T-22 and Tu-95 bombers are reported. Gradually, the messages began to increase.
Thus, at 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Eastern European Time [EET], information from Open source intelligence sources [OSINT] began to be collected. After 10:30 in the evening, the information appeared on several social networks, the most active of which were Telegram users and specialized accounts following what was happening in Ukraine on Twitter.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They 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. 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, Russian President Vladimir 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, as well as tanks entering via the 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.
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