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4:37 am ET, March 9, 2023

“It’s an attack I don’t remember seeing before”: Ukrainian Air Force spokesman says night-time strikes “really large-scale”

From CNN’s Svitlana Vlasova and Radina Kikova

Local residents wait behind a barricade near a multi-storey residential building after a missile attack in Kiev, Ukraine on March 9.

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A spokesman for the Ukrainian air force said on Thursday that Russia’s nighttime raids were “an attack I don’t remember seeing before”.

As you can see, the attack was really large-scale and for the first time used different types of missiles,” the spokesman of Ukraine’s Air Force Command, Yuriy Ihnat, said on Ukrainian television.

“This time we see six Kinjal being used. It’s an attack I don’t remember seeing before,” he added.

“Different types of aircraft were used, strategic, long-range, Mig21. There were 81 missile launches,” Ihnat said.

“There were X-22 (missiles) and we couldn’t shoot them, we couldn’t shoot Kinsale, it was six plus six and 13 S-300 (not shot by the Ukrainian Air Defense Forces),” he said.

“So far, we don’t have the capability to counter these weapons,” Ihnat added.

At least five people were reportedly killed in the strikes in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv and at least three were injured in the capital, Kyiv.

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