Russia resumed the use of Kalibr cruise missiles, but are having problems launching them - Ukrainian army


Russia has resumed the use of Kalibr cruise missiles in its attacks on Ukraine, but is experiencing difficulties in their launches, Ukraine's South Volunteer Army spokesperson, Serhiy Bratchuk, said on national TV on May 9,

Russia used its Kalibr missiles for the fourth time in the past six months during its latest mass attack on Ukraine on May 8.

Their use was systematic in 2022 and 2023.

Russia's Black Sea Fleet has seen its influence in the area diminish following several successful Ukrainian attacks, forcing Russia to change how it launches its Kalibr missiles.

They now often launch from submarines in the Black Sea, which are difficult to track, Bratchuk said.

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"The enemy is trying to show a presence in the Black Sea, but they have, or already had, a problem with the use of missile carriers because they do not use them so actively," he said.

"Perhaps there is a problem with the launchers on the ships themselves," he questioned.

Russia's mass missile attack on Ukraine on May 8

A nationwide air raid alert was announced overnight on May 8 during Russia's latest mass missile attack on Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

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Russia attacked Kyiv with cruise missiles from different directions, with the capital's air defense system destroying all targets.

Two people were injured in the Kyiv suburb of Brovary after a fire broke out at a civilian infrastructure facility.

An energy infrastructure facility in Poltava Oblast caught fire after being hit, regional authorities reported. ​​

Vinnytsia Oblast administration also reported a hit.

Russia attacked electricity generation and transmission facilities in six oblasts of Ukraine: Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhya, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia, Ukraine's Energy Minister, Herman Halushchenko, reported.

Russia seriously damaged three DTEK thermal power plants, DTEK reported.

The Ukrainian military destroyed 59 enemy air targets: 39 missiles and 20 Shahed UAVs.

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