The Russian Defense Ministry announced today that supersonic missiles (Kh-47M2 Kinzhal) or “dagger” were used to destroy an underground depot of missiles and ammunition for aircraft in western Ukraine.
reconnaissance near the port of Odessa, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
Ultrasonic missiles, with a design that allows them to perform complex maneuvers throughout the flight and reach speeds of up to 10 Mach, are currently impossible to shoot down by any air defense system, at least according to Moscow. They were used for the first time in the war in Ukraine, the state-run RIA news agency reported.
Reuters notes that it has not independently verified these statements.
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Change strategy from Moscow?
This development comes at a time when the British Ministry of Defense, in its latest update on the situation on the Ukrainian fronts, warns of a change in the tactics of the Russian army that could lead to more civilian deaths.
” The Kremlin has so far failed to achieve its objectives, “said the British, adding that Russia was surprised by the scale and ferocity of the Ukrainian resistance.
has changed its business approach and is now pursuing a wear strategy.
“This is likely to involve the use of fire indiscriminately, leading to more civilian casualties, destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and the escalation of the humanitarian crisis.” “> Latest Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine & # 8211; 19 March 2022
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Fights for the control of the Azov
Ukraine's Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said its forces had “temporarily” lost access to the Sea of Azov as Russian troops tightened their grip on Mariupol.
“Occupation forces partially succeeded” their goal in the “Danetsk business sector, temporarily depriving Ukraine of access to the Sea of Azov”, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense.
The ministry did not say in a statement whether Ukrainian forces had been able to regain access.
Russia said Friday that its forces were “tightening the noose” around Mariupol, where local officials said 80% of the town houses have been damaged and that some 1,000 people may have been trapped in a shelter under a damaged theater.
Mariupol, a city of strategic importance off the coast of Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, came under Russian fire in the early hours of February 24, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered that what he called A special military operation. ”
Russia has claimed since March 1 that its forces have cut off access to the Azeri Sea by the Ukrainian armed forces.
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