Kinzhal hypersonic missile may have been shot down over Kyiv stadium

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There is talk in Ukraine that a Russian hypersonic missile may have been shot down on May 4th early in the morning at 2:40 am. According to photos circulated in the media, a damaged nose tensioner may be part of Russia’s Kinzhal hypersonic missile. According to claims in the Ukrainian press, this photo was taken “at the stadium in the capital”.

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There has been no official confirmation of a downed Kinzhal hypersonic missile from Ukrainian or Russian officials. The wreckage is currently under investigation and is believed to be part of the rocket’s structure.

There is official confirmation from the Kyiv Military Administration that early on the morning of the 4th there was an air attack on Kyiv. Stakhed-136 kamikaze drones and “probably ballistic-type” missiles were used. The Kyiv administration claims that all the missiles have been intercepted and destroyed.

Missile debris

An initial examination of the debris from the nose of the missile ruled out the possibility that it was an Iskander missile. According to reports in the Ukrainian press, the material from the wreckage “is thicker than standard”. This suggests that the material must be able to withstand much higher speeds in the air than the missiles fired by Ishkander.

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The remains of the nose part show another fact – that is where this missile was most likely intercepted. You can see very clearly the place of the blast that pierced the thick steel material. According to Ukrainian media, a loud explosion was heard in Kyiv on the morning of the 4th. The Ukrainian press connects the sound of the explosion with this intercepted missile.

At the same time, if the downed missile turns out to be Ishkander, it would contradict Russia’s claims. Russia claims that Ishkander can reach hypersonic speeds. In truth, Ishkander can accelerate to that speed, but not sustain it. When the missile launched by Ishkander enters its ballistic trajectory, it increases its speed. But, according to Ukrainian media comments, this accelerated speed is far from hypersonic.

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.

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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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