White House refutes Russian claims of downing ATACMS missiles

John Kirby
John Kirby

The United States has no evidence to suggest that the Russian military has managed to shoot down U.S.-made ATACMS ballistic missiles fired by Ukraine, White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said on April 30.

“No, I cannot confirm the reports that any of them [ATACMS missiles] were shot down," Kirby said at a press briefing, as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.

At the same time, he declined to specify how many missiles Washington has delivered to Ukraine, noting that “it was a significant number.”

Read also: Pentagon: Ukraine authorized to target Russian forces in Crimea with ATACMS missiles

Earlier, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that six ATACMS missiles were supposedly shot down but did not specify where. Sergey Aksyonov, Kremlin puppet governor of Crimea, said that the missiles were allegedly shot down over the occupied peninsula.

Early in the morning on April 30, Ukraine struck a Russian military airfield on Dzhankoi, Crimea. Ukrainian officials are yet to confirm the nature of the strike, presumably made with ballistic or cruise missiles.

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