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Russia’s overnight attack on Ukraine cost Russian taxpayers over $1.2 billion

by LLB political Reporter
29th Dec 23 1:56 pm

Overnight Russian forces launched a “massive” cruise missile and drone attack across multiple locations and cities in Ukraine.

The journalists of Ekonomichna Pravda calculated how much Russian taxpayers would have paid for just one night of attacks.

Pravda journalists have worked out that the total bill for the missiles and drones which attacked Ukraine on 29 December would have cost at least $1.273 billion.

The Kyiv Post reported that Russia fired five X-47M2 Kinzhal aerial ballistic missiles, the starting cost of these stands at $10 million, so at least $50 million was spent.

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Russia launched at least 36 Iranian Shahed-136/131 drones, costing at least $720,000, and the cost of the X-101 missile is $13 million, according to Forbes, around 90 were launched, this cost Russian taxpayers around $1.17 billion.

Russian forces used eight X-22/X-32 cruise missiles which cost around $1 million each, this totals $8 million, and the Iskander-M ballistic missile can cost around $3 million each, so the total cost of 14 being launched cost $42 million.

Four X-31P anti-radar missiles and one X-59 missiles can cost around $0.5 million each, this therefore totals $2.5 million.

This therefor totals the cost to Russian taxpayers standing at $1.273 billion, the total cost of the war to date is unknown for certain, but it could be in the very high billions, never mind the cost of rebuilding Ukraine once the war is over.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ValerIy Zaluzhny has said that overnight Russia launched a massive attack on Ukraine firing 158 air attack weapons.

Ukrainian forces destroyed 27 Iranian kamikaze Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs and 87 X-101/X-555/X-55 cruise missiles, according to “preliminary results.”

The commander said that critical infrastructure, military, industrial and civilian facilities and buildings were attacked by Russia, leaving many dead and wounded.

Zaluzhny said, “According to preliminary results, the enemy used 158 means of air attack against Ukraine this night: missiles of various types and attack UAVs.

“The forces and means of the Air Force, in cooperation with units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, destroyed: 27 Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs; 87 X-101/X-555/X-55 cruise missiles.”

Zaluzhny added, “At the same time, the invaders hit Kharkiv with S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles. In general, the enemy fired at least 14 missiles flying along a ballistic trajectory – S-300/S-400/Iskander-M from the occupied Crimea, Kursk and Belgorod regions of Russia.”

He said that at 3am Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off and fired eight X-22/X-32 cruise missiles in the direction of the northern and central regions of Ukraine.

At 6.30am MiG-31 K fighters took off and launched five aerobatic X-47M2 Dagger missiles from Astrakhan region.

There was also, four X-31P and one X-59 anti-radar missiles were used from Su-35 tactical aircraft.

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