Ukraine downs Russian barrage as China envoy due

SpaceWar.com reports: “Ukraine said on Tuesday it had downed an entire barrage of Russian drones and missiles overnight — including six advanced Kinzhal missiles — hours ahead of a visit from a special envoy dispatched by China.

The wave of strikes came just over a week after Kyiv announced it had shot down a Kinzhal missile for the first time, using US-supplied Patriot systems.

Ukraine’s mounting success in taking out dozens of Russian drones and missiles illustrates its bolstered air defences, after a winter of systemic strikes on key infrastructure.

‘Another unbelievable success for the Ukrainian Air Forces!’ Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in a Twitter post.

The defence ministry said Ukrainian air defence systems had knocked out a total of 18 missiles, including types the Kremlin had touted as ‘ideal’, as well as nine drones…”

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