The massive missile attack on Thursday, March 9, had one of the goals of searching for Patriot air defense installations, the arrival of which in Ukraine was reported the day before ( but the Armed Forces of Ukraine refute it ).
This was announced on the air of the telethon by the speaker of the operational command “South” Natalia Gumenyuk.
She explained the essence of the wave-like tactics of the Russians. Shahed-136 kamikaze drones went first, firing at certain targets and distracting Ukrainian air defense. This was followed by a massive strike of missiles of various bases, which had already been used. Further – drones already to check the results of strikes. And finally – a new wave of missiles, among them – “Dagger”, which our air defense forces cannot yet shoot down.
“It is clear that the enemy used such tactics in order to attribute at least some victories to themselves. And to test our readiness to respond to them. Such preliminary information that Ukraine was already equipped with Patriot systems played a significant role in this. And they tried to see if this is really the case,” Gumenyuk said.
Earlier, the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Patriot air defense system will be able to shoot down not only ballistic missiles , but also Russian aircraft at a distance of up to 150 kilometers.