Russia launches 18 missiles on Ukraine, all taken down
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi. Photo via Office of the President of Ukraine

Russia attacked Ukraine with eighteen missiles, including X-47 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missiles, and all of them were shot down by air defence, Ukraine’s top general has said.

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Explosions were heard in several Ukrainian cities overnight, including in Kyiv.

The capital city’s military administration said that the attack was exceptional in its density, with the maximum number of missiles in the shortest possible time.

In a Telegram post, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that Russia launched 18 air-, sea- and land-based missiles at around 03:30 on Tuesday from the northern, southern and eastern directions.

Those included six X-47M2 Kinzhal missiles; nine Kalibr cruise missiles, fired from the Black Sea; and three S-300 and Iskander-M land-based missiles.

"All 18 missiles were destroyed by Ukrainian air defence forces," Mr Zaluznnyi posted.

In addition, Russia launched Shahed-136/131 drones and three Orlan-10 and Supercam reconnaissance drones, which were downed as well.

Russia has resumed massive air attacks in recent weeks as Ukraine gears up for a planned counteroffensive.