Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber shot down for first time in Russian-Ukrainian war

On the night of April 19, 2024, Russia launched a combined strike with missiles of various types and attack UAVs. In total, the enemy used 36 means of air attack: 22 missiles of various types and 14 attack drones, the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Mykola Oleschuk, said, SİA informs via Censor.net.

Anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force, mobile fire groups, and electronic warfare units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine were involved in repelling the enemy's air attack.

"For the first time, the anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, in cooperation with the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, destroyed the Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber, the carrier of Kh-22 cruise missiles, which Russians use to attack peaceful Ukrainian cities. During today's attack, two such missiles were destroyed for the first time.

"Ukraine needs more means, more missiles, in order to better protect the frontline territories from Russian attacks," Oleschuk said.

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