Russia claims it destroyed HIMARS missile depot in Ukraine’s Odesa
Moscow, Aug 21 (EFE).- Russia said on Sunday that its troops had destroyed an ammunition depot containing US-made HIMARS missiles and anti-aircraft weapons in the southern Ukrainian region of Odesa.
Russian forces used sea-based Kalibr missiles in the attack, spokesman for the defense ministry Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov gave no further details about where the missiles were launched from.
Some six Ukrainian command posts, as well as many other ammunition depots, have been hit with Russian artillery fire in the past 24 hours in the southern and eastern parts of the war-hit country, Konashenkov added.
More than 130 Ukrainian soldiers were killed amid those attacks, the Russian military estimated.
Russia’s defense ministry Sergei Shoigu said in a televised address that his country’s army had used hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, known as dagger, three times since the start of the “special military operation” in Ukraine.
He pointed out that the dagger had shown its “brilliant characteristics, which no other similar rocket in the world has” on all three occasions.
“It is practically impossible to intercept it, and we attack important targets with it,” said the minister.
These missiles are designed to be fired by MiG-31 fighters and are claimed to have a range of more than 2,000 kilometers. EFE