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Security Service of Ukraine finds new evidence confirming that Russia hit Okhmatdyt with Kh-101 missile – photos

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Security Service of Ukraine finds new evidence confirming that Russia hit Okhmatdyt with Kh-101 missile – photos

An engine fragment of a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile has been found at the site of the Russian attack on the Okhmatdyt hospital in Kyiv.

Source: Security Service of Ukraine (SSU)

Details: In addition, SSU investigators found:

a fragment of a Kh-101 wing deployment mechanism;
a fragment of a jamming unit of a Kh-101 missile;
the middle part of the body of a Kh-101 cruise missile (pictured under the rubble);
tail section fairing and a fragment of a Kh-101 cruise missile’s hydraulic part;
fragments of the engine cowling of the Kh-101 cruise missile with the inventory (inside) and serial numbers (outside), photos of which were officially published the day before.

Fragments of a Kh-101 cruise missile engine.
Photo: Security Service of Ukraine
Part of a Kh-101 cruise missile engine.
Photo: Security Service of Ukraine
Wreckage of a part of the body of a Kh-101 cruise missile.
Photo: Security Service of Ukraine

Expert conclusions are unequivocal – it was a targeted attack by the Russians, the special service emphasises.

This is evidenced not only by the missile fragments found at the site of the strike but also by the analysis of flight path data, the nature of the damage caused, and a large number of video and photo materials.

Fragments of a Kh-101 missile engine with the inventory number.
Photo: Security Service of Ukraine

These confirm a targeted missile strike by the Russian Federation:

the nature of the destruction (a two-storey hospital building was completely destroyed, and the surrounding buildings were heavily damaged), which is typical of a Kh-101 warhead (400 kg). The destruction could in no way have been caused by a NASAMS system, whose warheads are about 20 times less powerful;
the proportions, shape and size of the missile that have been captured in publicly available videos fully correspond to that of a Kh-101 missile, and, conversely, are not typical of SAMs, including NASAMS. Attempts by Russian propagandists to compare the missile which hit the hospital several hundred metres away in the video, with the size of the building in the foreground is a cynical and meaningless manipulation.
the missile’s flight path is fully consistent with the characteristics of the Kh-101 (increasing height, or „slide“, before attacking the target, and the approximately 60-degree angle of attack);
the strike on the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital by an Kh-101 air-launched missile was recorded by objective radar monitoring.

Background: 

The Air Force also clearly denied the possibility that a Ukrainian air defence missile could have hit Okhmatdyt.

The evidence is a video screenshot and a photo of a Kh-101 missile, as well as a photo of an AIM-120 missile fired from a NASAMS system.

Background:

The Russians launched a strike on the Okhmatdyt National Children’s Specialised Hospital in Kyiv on 8 July. One of the buildings was destroyed and rescue operations are ongoing.
The Kyiv authorities reported that two adults had been killed and 16 injured, including 7 children, as of 14:30 on 8 July.
The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has defined Russia’s attack on the Okhmatdyt National Children’s Specialised Hospital in Kyiv as a war crime and initiated criminal proceedings into the matter. Early reports from SSU investigators indicate the Russians used a Kh-101 air-launched cruise missile to attack the medical facility.

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