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The £2m Cruise Missile That Helped Ukraine Deliver a Heavy Blow to Russia

Samantha Parker By Samantha Parker May14,2024

Ukraine launched a major attack against a Russian target using British cruise missiles, it has been claimed.

On April 13, Kyiv successfully targeted the command base for Russian ground troops in the occupied Ukrainian city of Luhansk, which was housed in an industrial complex.

To carry out this strike, Ukraine used Storm Shadow missiles – costing £2million each – according to a military source.

This military strike was described by the source as a “heavy blow” for the Russian armed forces, and has been tipped to “create confusion” among troops on the ground.

The source told Sky News: “Russian military culture relies on micromanagement and centralised command, which means that removal of a headquarters like this could paralyse military decision-making for the next month.”

The source also claimed this successful attack would help dampen Russia‘s ability to advance further into the war-torn country and boost the Ukrainian efforts to push back the occupiers from the area.

The head of the Ukrainian Air Force, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, announced the successful outcome of the operation on Saturday via a message shared on the Telegram messaging platform.

He said: “I thank the pilots of the Air Forces for a successful, and most importantly, an effective strike on an enemy facility in the Luhansk region on April 13, 2024. The Ukrainian pilots did an excellent job and returned to the base.”

The Storm Shadow, known in France as SCALP is a low-observable, long-range air-launched cruise missile that has been jointly developed by France’s industrial conglomerate Matra and the UK’s British Aerospace.

After a development process lasting seven years, the Storm Shadow became operational in 2003, and has been deployed in several conflicts.

The UK announced it was supplying Storm Shadows to the Ukrainian military in May last year, three months after London had pledged to send the war-torn nation long-range missiles.

French President Emmanuel Macron also pledged and delivered a number of these missiles last year. In January, he announced France would provide Ukraine with 40 more.

Among other targets Ukraine is believed to have hit with Storm Shadow missiles since the beginning of the war is the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, attacked in September last year.

Samantha Parker

By Samantha Parker

Samantha is a seasoned journalist with a passion for uncovering the truth behind the headlines. With years of experience in investigative reporting, she has covered a wide range of topics including politics, crime, and entertainment. Her in-depth analysis and commitment to factual accuracy make her a respected voice in the field of journalism.

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2 thoughts on “The £2m Cruise Missile That Helped Ukraine Deliver a Heavy Blow to Russia”
  1. As an expert in military affairs, I can confirm that Ukraine’s utilization of British cruise missiles to target the Russian command base was a strategic move that dealt a significant blow to Russian forces. The removal of such a crucial headquarters can indeed disrupt the decision-making process for the Russian military, potentially impairing their ability to advance further into Ukraine. This successful operation not only showcases Ukraine’s military capabilities but also strengthens their position in reclaiming their territory from the occupiers.

  2. It’s great to see Ukraine delivering a heavy blow to Russia using British cruise missiles. This military strike surely shook the Russian armed forces, creating confusion and disrupting their command base. Hopefully, this will help Ukraine in pushing back the occupiers and defending their territory effectively.

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