SSU: new evidence confirms that russia hit Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital with Kh-101 missile

In the course of the investigation, a fragment of a Kh-101 cruise missile engine was found at the site of the tragedy.

The SSU investigators also found:

  • a fragment of a Kh-101 wing deployment mechanism;
  • a fragment of a Kh-101 jamming unit;
  • a middle part of the body of a Kh-101 cruise missile (pictured under the rubble);
  • a tail section fairing and a fragment of a Kh-101 cruise missile's hydraulic unit;
  • fragments of an engine casing of a Kh-101 cruise missile with the inventory (inside) and serial numbers (outside), photos of which we officially published yesterday.

The SSU investigative team has been working at the scene of the attack since the first minutes and is doing everything possible to collect every piece of material evidence.

The experts’ conclusions are unequivocal – it was a targeted attack by the ruscists.

This is evidenced not only by the missile wreckage found at the impact site, but also by the analysis of the flight path, the nature of the damage caused, as well as a large number of photographs and video footage.

The findings confirming a targeted missile strike by russia include:

1. the destruction caused (a two-story hospital building was completely destroyed, and the surrounding buildings sustained significant damage), which is typical of a Kh-101 warhead (400 kg). The destruction could in no way have been caused by the NASAMS system, whose warheads are approximately 20 times less powerful;

2. the proportions, shape and size of the missile captured in the publicly available video fully correspond to a Kh-101 missile, and, on the contrary, are not typical of air defence systems, including NASAMS. Attempts by russian propagandists to compare the missile in the video hitting the hospital several hundred metres away with the size of the building in the foreground is a cynical and meaningless manipulation.

3. the missile’s flight path is fully consistent with the characteristics of a Kh-101 (climb, or ‘hill’ before attacking the target and attack at an approximate 60-degree angle);

4. targeting of the Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital by a Kh-101 air-launched missile was recorded by objective radar monitoring.

According to the SSU Head Vasyl Maliuk, the Security Service will do everything possible to ensure that the aggressor state feels maximum retaliation for each of its war crimes: ‘This retribution will be both legal and moral. A terrorist state is not an abstract concept. There are specific names of murderers. And nothing will save them from justice.’