Russia launched 81 missiles at Ukraine overnight, says Ukrainian military chief

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Three Russian rockets launched From Russia’s Belgorod region are seen at dawn in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on March 9. (Vadim Belikov/AP)

Russia fired 81 missiles of various types overnight into Thursday as it launched a fresh deadly onslaught against Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian military said.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi said the missiles targeted critical infrastructure.

The missiles included:

  • 28 X-101/X-555 air-launched cruise missiles;
  • 20 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missiles;
  • 6 X-22 air-launched cruise missiles;
  • 6 X-47 Kinzhal air-launched cruise missiles;
  • 8 guided aircraft missiles — 2 X-31P and 6 X-59;
  • 13 S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles.

In addition, eight launches of Iran-made Shahed-136/131 drones were carried out, he said. 

He said Ukrainian forces destroyed 34 out of 48 X-101/X-555, “Kalibr” cruise missiles, eight X-31P and X-59 guided missiles, and four drones.

The strikes killed at least five people in the western city of Lviv and injuries were reported in Kyiv, officials said.

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