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Putin Is Angry: Ukraine Destroyed 58 Russian Cruise Missiles in One Day

Kalibr Cruise Missile
Kalibr Cruise Missile. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Russian Cruise Missile Gets Shot Down In Real Time – Incredible video footage shared on social media this week shows a Ukrainian soldier taking out an incoming Russian cruise missile using a shoulder-launched weapon.

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The video, filmed from a cell phone, shows a Russian cruise missile hurtling through the air and a lone Ukrainian soldier operating a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) and firing it at the missile.

As the Russian missile disappears into the distance, the Ukrainian soldier launches a rocket at the missile and intercepts it in the air. The Russian missile explodes in the air as several soldiers can be heard celebrating off-camera.

Ukraine Weapons Tracker initially identified the Russian missile as a Kh-101 or Kh-55.

“Another Russian cruise missile (Kh-101/Kh-55) was shot down by Ukrainian 9K38 Igla MANPADS operators today. Two 9M39 missiles are fired, with one striking the target,” the account wrote.

The account then followed up by suggesting it could also be a Kalibr missile.

Other accounts backed up Ukraine Weapons Tracker’s initial claim that the missile was, in fact, the Kh-101 missile.

However, with Ukraine Battle Map noting that it was “Russia’s most advanced stealth Cruise Missile.”

In a post, Ukraine Battle Map noted that it was easily shot down by a “Soviet Igla MANPADS over Kyiv Oblast.”

Similar videos like this have emerged online several times in just the last month. A video shared by the Ukrainian National Guard and reposted on Twitter shows a Ukrainian soldier standing on top of what appears to be a tall building in Ukraine, using a MANPADS to take down another Russian cruise missile.

The video was reposted by BBC News Ukraine reported Myroslava Petsa.

“Nothing extra. Just a Ukrainian National guard casually shooting down Russia’s cruise missile that was approaching Kyiv,” Petsa wrote in a post that accompanied the video.

Ukraine Shoots Down 58 Cruise Missiles In A Day

According to an update from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on December 30, Ukrainian forces took down a total of 58 cruise missiles in the space of just 24 hours.

According to the update, Ukrainian soldiers also killed 690 Russian troops and destroyed 23 drones, 6 artillery systems, and a dozen armored combat vehicles in the same time frame.

On Saturday, December 31, Russian forces also fired 20 cruise missiles at Ukraine, with eight slipping through Ukraine’s air defense systems and causing damage to residential buildings in Kyiv and other major cities.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.



  1. Rick

    December 31, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    If he’s angry now just wait until the Patriot batteries arrive.

  2. Steve

    December 31, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    There are reports that trigger-happy Russian air defenses in Crimea and the east shot down a number of their own missiles today. Friendly-fire seems to be what Russia does best.

  3. Cheburator

    December 31, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Are you being paid for false articles or what?
    Ukraine shoots down Russian missiles before they hit the target or after?
    For example, today ukraine announced the downing of 60 missiles, but there were explosions all over the country, Kyiv and a number of cities without water and electricity.
    I am silent about the explosions in the province, which are not reported in open sources.

    As for the patriot, this is an analogue of the ancient SA-17 Grizzly with a range of destruction, and in order to have at least some value, Ukraine needs to supply hundreds of batteries to cover both urban agglomerations and military facilities from the provinces.
    They remind you that Japan, the largest exploiter outside the United States, has 48 batteries, and Saudi Arabia has 26 batteries. For the entire territory of Europe, barely 25.
    Now the question is where the launchers will be supplied from. And how will you explain to relatives the death of Americans in the event of the defeat of air defense calculations, because they will be controlled by Americans, not Ukrainians.

  4. tarek

    January 1, 2023 at 4:05 am

    keep digging …next time jack tell us how many russian missiles have shot width a slingshot…. i love to come here to read your garbagge….

  5. tarek

    January 1, 2023 at 4:08 am


  6. monkfelonious

    January 2, 2023 at 12:16 am

    Nice try katsap. Go to the bingo parlor. Your side is losing bigly as the trumpanzee would say.

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