Putin’s Military Deploys AS-24 KILLJOY Ballistic Missile on Ukrainian Airfield, UK Defence Chiefs Confirm
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Introduction

In a significant escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, British defence chiefs reported that Vladimir Putin’s military has fired the AS-24 KILLJOY ballistic missile at a central Ukrainian airfield. The missile, touted as a “super weapon,” is believed to have been used for the first time in six months, according to the latest intelligence update from the Ministry of Defence in London.

The Attack

The Ministry of Defence’s briefing on December 14, 2023, stated, “On 14 December 2023, the Russian Air Force highly likely carried out the first use of an AS-24 KILLJOY air-launched ballistic missile since August 2023. Russia launched at least one missile into central Ukraine, likely targeting a military airfield.”

AS-24 KILLJOY Background

The AS-24 KILLJOY is one of the six “super weapons” announced by President Putin in 2018, and it has been designated to play a significant role in Russia’s future military doctrine. Reserved for high-value and well-defended targets, the KILLJOY missile system represents a formidable aspect of Russia’s military capabilities.

Combat Debut and Challenges

The briefing suggested that KILLJOY has had a mixed combat debut, with indications that some launches may have missed their intended targets. Ukrainian forces have also reportedly succeeded in intercepting attacks from this previously deemed “undefeatable” system.

Current Situation in Ukraine

As winter sets in, the frontlines in Putin’s war in Ukraine are largely static. Kyiv is awaiting new funding packages from the US and the European Union to sustain its economy and military efforts. President Joe Biden is planning one more military aid package in December for Ukraine, but further assistance requires approval from Congress.

US Aid Concerns

The White House has cautioned that US aid for Ukraine may run out by the end of the year, and discussions are ongoing in the Senate to secure an agreement. Senate Republicans have emphasized the inclusion of improved border security as part of any deal on Ukraine aid, potentially complicating negotiations.

International Urgency

While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent visit to Washington faced scepticism from key Republican lawmakers, over 40 former US and NATO diplomats and defence officials urged Congress to approve new aid for Ukraine. They emphasized the disastrous consequences for Ukraine and the security of the United States and its allies if the war with Russia is lost.

EU Summit and Financial Aid

The European Union plans to hold an extraordinary summit on February 1 to address its budget, including additional financial aid for Ukraine. The EU leaders recently agreed to open membership talks with Ukraine, but disagreements, particularly from Hungary, have delayed a decision on a £43 billion aid package for Kyiv.

Conclusion

The deployment of the AS-24 KILLJOY ballistic missile marks a concerning development in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. As international efforts intensify to provide support to Kyiv, the situation remains fluid, with implications for the region’s stability and global security. The coming weeks will be critical in determining the course of the conflict and the effectiveness of diplomatic and financial measures to address the crisis.

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