Air Force confirms ballistic missile use, explains absence of air raid alert

Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat
Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat

Explosions in Kyiv heard on the morning of Nov. 11 were the result of a Russian ballistic missile attack, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat, confirmed on national TV.

Kyiv has used ballistic missile defense before. There was no information from the local administration or police about any debris or damage, he said.

Ihnat also explained why the air alert was announced after Kyiv residents heard the explosions.

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"Ballistic missiles fly extremely fast and are not as visible on radar as cruise missiles," he stated.

“Ballistic missiles fly along a ballistic trajectory, so it takes a few minutes from the launch site to hit the Ukrainian air defense radius.”

Ballistic missiles include S-300, S-400, Iskander-M, and others. The Russians could have launched them from the border regions and they wouldn’t take long to arrive in Kyiv from Russian territory near Chernihiv or Sumy.

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Several loud explosions occurred in Kyiv on Nov. 11, and an air raid alert was declared due to the missile threat.

Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that the explosions were heard on the left bank of the capital. According to preliminary information, the air defense forces were triggered by ballistic missiles.

He later clarified that the air defense forces were operating near Kyiv, that there were no rescue calls, but that there were several calls for medical assistance. No injuries were reported.

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