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War in Ukraine, Day 437 | Ukraine says it shot down a Kinjal hypersonic missile for the first time

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(Kyiv) Ukraine said on Saturday that it shot down a Russian hypersonic missile of the Kinjal type for the first time during strikes carried out by Moscow overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called it, when he unveiled the Kinjal missile in 2018, “an ideal weapon” because it was very difficult for opposing defenses to intercept.

“I congratulate the people of Ukraine on this historic event,” General Mykola Oleshchuk said on Telegram. “Yes, we shot down the Kinjal missile, which has no equal,” he rejoiced.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the missile was shot down by a Patriot air defense system over Kyiv around 2:30 a.m. local time Thursday (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday).

Ukraine has asked its Western allies to help it strengthen its air defense system. Throughout the winter, Moscow had indeed bombarded its energy infrastructure.

And in mid-April, Kyiv received its first Patriots, considered one of the most advanced air defense systems.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Patriots would “significantly” strengthen Ukraine’s defenses against Russian strikes.

Russian nationalist writer Zakhar Prilepin, a staunch supporter of the Kremlin attack on Ukraine, was injured in his car ‘explosion’ in Russia on Saturday, an attack Moscow accuses Ukraine and the West of being behind. originally.

Russian authorities announced on Saturday that they had opened a “terrorist act” investigation and arrested a suspect.

In a statement, the Investigation Committee announced the opening of this investigation, stating that the driver of the writer had been killed in the attack. For its part, the Interior Ministry said that a man “who could be linked to the explosion” had been arrested in the Nizhny Novgorod region, where the incident took place.

The attack, which killed another person, authorities said, comes amid a wave of attacks affecting the country.

In recent weeks, drone strikes, sabotage and suspected attacks have multiplied on Russian territory. The Kremlin accuses Kyiv as a major offensive by the Ukrainian armed forces looms and the great celebrations in Russia of May 9, the day of victory over Hitler.

“One person was killed by the explosion, and the writer Zakhar Prilepin, who was in the car, was injured,” the Interior Ministry’s press service said.

Anonymous medical and security sources, quoted by Russian news agencies, claim that the writer was injured in the legs.

“Zakhar [Prilepin] has minor fractures, there is no danger to his life,” the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region (center-west), where the incident took place, assured on Telegram. where the writer is from.

From the first reports of the incident, the spokesperson for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zakharova, accused Ukraine, the United States, Great Britain and NATO of being behind this “terrorist” act. “Direct responsibility of the United States and Great Britain.” We pray for Zakhar,” she wrote on Telegram.

According to the Investigation Committee, the writer was in his car “with his family” when the explosion occurred.

A photo from the scene of the incident, released by the Investigation Committee, shows a white vehicle with the front end shredded and overturned on its roof, in front of a crater on a dirt road, in a wooded area.