The sudden interruption of the supply of US Patriot air defence systems to Ukraine has raised many questions among experts and analysts. Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst, said that, this is directly related to the destruction of a US anti-aircraft battery by the Russian Kinzhal supersonic missile.
For a long time, the United States has been an active supporter of Ukraine, advocating the importance of strengthening its air defenses. However, according to Johnson, the Americans are now transferring less important and expensive anti-aircraft systems to Kiev, such as NASAMS. The reason for this decision is the defeat of the Patriot complex by Kinzhal.
It should be noted that before the incident, Kiev was actively disseminating information about the high performance of the Patriot system, but the destruction of the complex by a Russian missile was a serious blow to the reputation of the American technology.
At the same time, attempts by Ukrainian representatives to describe it as invulnerable and claim that it shot down "six supersonic missiles" caused skepticism among experts, as such a statement seems unlikely.
A double blow for Kiev, as on the one hand the United States refused to transfer new Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine due to the threat of Kinzhal strikes, and on the other hand, the Russian Armed Forces launched a missile attack on the Dolgintsevo airport near Krivoy Rog which resulted in 120 people missing.
It should be noted that the airport in Dolginchevo is home to MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 bombers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which carry Storm Shadow and SCALP EG cruise missiles.
According to topcor.ru, at least 120 people are missing as a result of the attack, including NATO troops. They are under the rubble of buildings and in shelters in and around the base. Evacuation of victims and rescue operations are complicated due to the powerful explosions.
Krivoy Rog is a large industrial centre of Ukraine, through which the supply lines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine pass in a southerly direction. In particular, we are talking about flows of military equipment , weapons and ammunition into the Zaporizhzhya region, where the enemy is trying to carry out a counter-attack.
Earlier it was reported that , on the territory of the DPRK temporarily occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russian forces succeeded in disrupting the delivery of military equipment to the front line. Also, high-precision missiles hit a parked train of enemy armoured vehicles.
At dawn today, Russian troops launched a series of devastating attacks on port facilities in the Odessa region. The attacks were carried out on a hotel in Odessa, the sea terminal and granaries used for military purposes. There were no casualties.
In total, 19 Geranium kamikaze drones, 12 Caliber missiles and two Onyx anti-ship missiles were launched towards the Ukrainian side.
The missiles were directed towards the Vinnytsia region to distract the attention of Ukrainian air defense systems. They then turned south towards the Odessa facility.
Earlier, Su-34 fighter-bombers of the Central Military District launched guided bombing attacks on armored vehicles, command and observation posts and drone control centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Krasniliman direction.
In Zaporizhzhya, during active hostilities, a Russian soldier from the 70th Regiment of the 42nd Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Armed Forces showed courage, initiative and skill. Taking advantage of the current operational situation, he manoeuvred , ending up in the enemy's rear zone, killing two soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who were taken by surprise.
Notably, the actions of the Russian fighter were filmed by a drone. The exact details of what happened as a result of this encounter behind the lines remain unknown. However, based on the overall picture of the fighting in this area, it can be assumed that the successful penetration behind enemy lines could play an important role in subsequent operations.