Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said that between May 16 and August 11, Ukrainian air defenses shot down 14 "Kinzhal" aeroballistic missiles.
Yuriy Ignat also reported that the Ukrainian air defense shot down more than 20 Iskander and S-400 missiles.
According to him, the Russians produce about 100 missiles of various types every month, among them the Kh-47 "Kinzhal". Although stocks of Kinzhal missiles in Russia are relatively small.
“As for yesterday's (August 11, 2023 - editor's note) attack by the Russians, it was the Kh-47 "Kinzhal" aeroballistic missiles, one of which was shot down near Kyiv. These missiles can shoot down capable air defense equipment against ballistic missiles. There are not many such funds in Ukraine, but the result is there. Not one "Dagger" has already been destroyed by the air defense of Ukraine. May 4 - May 1, May 16 - 6 missiles, June 16 - also 6, and now we have one more. This means that 13 "Daggers" have already been shot down. Add plus more than 20 shot down ballistic missiles, including "Iskander" and S-400. Considering that "Dagger" moves across the sky at a tremendous speed, over 7,000 kilometers per hour, there is not much time to eliminate it" - said Yuri Ignat.
A spokesman for the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine recalled that one Dagger missile costs Russia "billions of dollars".
On August 11, 2023, the Russian Federation attacked the Ivano-Frankivsk region with "Daggers", an 8-year-old boy died as a result of the impact. "The production of these missiles consumes huge funds. Four missiles cost tens of millions of dollars, approximately 100 missiles of various types are produced monthly, including the Kh-47 "Kinzhal", Ignat said.
On August 11, the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine with four Kh-47 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles from four MiG-31K aircraft. Air defense forces managed to shoot down one missile in the Kyiv area.
In the morning of August 11, 2023, an alarm was announced in Ukraine in connection with the launch of MiG-31K fighters, which are carriers of "Kinzhal" missiles. Immediately after the announcement of the alarm, explosions were heard in Kyiv and the region. The city authorities informed about the work of anti-aircraft defense and the shooting down of an air target. Rocket debris fell in the Obolon region of Kyiv.
The rest of the rockets attacked the Ivano-Frankivsk region. One of the rockets hit the territory of a private house in the Kolomyia district. A family with three children lived there. An 8-year-old boy died as a result of the shelling. Information about other victims is currently being clarified.
A graduate of the Lviv Institute at the National University "Lviv Polytechnic" (since 2009 a separate National Academy of Land Forces) majoring in "Military Journalism"
Since 2017, he has been the head of the editorial department of the Air Force of the Central publishing house of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, "People's Army".
He is currently the head of the public relations service of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.