After the Russian army launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine from the early morning of the 24th, the progress on the first day was not as fast as expected. Through the assistance of the European and American thorns, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, javelin, NLAW and other new anti-tank missiles, the Ukrainian army closely resisted the Russian offensive, except for the north. The advance was fast, and the eastern and southern fronts were still fighting fiercely in the border cities. The capital Kiev was attacked by intensive air strikes for 2 consecutive days.
On the 24th, the Russian army cooperated with Belarus to march towards Ukraine from the north, central and southern fronts. The northern route is the closest to the capital Kiev. It is considered to be the main route of the Russian army’s beheading operation, and it used airborne troops to attack the Khostome Airport in the northwest of Kiev ( Hostomel Airport).
Relying on years of experience in fighting separatist groups in the Donbass, the Ukrainian army has surpassed the Russian army’s expectations of resistance. With the Stinger missiles recently assisted by the United States and European countries, it shot down at least seven Russian helicopters of various types.
An infrared-guided stinger missile with a range of up to 4.8 kilometers and a speed of Mach 2.2, developed and produced by Raytheon, which has shot down more than 270 aircraft and helicopters since it entered service in 1981.
In addition, the main force of the Russian army, which departed from Belgorod on the eastern front and Crimea on the southern front, entered the eastern border of Ukraine at Kharkiv and the southern port of Odessa. Resistance, and both places are currently entering the stage of street fighting.
The Ukrainian army used the American-made Javelin (Javelin) and the NLAW anti-tank missile developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom and Sweden to destroy more than 30 Russian tanks and 130 armored vehicles, and released many pictures of Russian soldiers being captured.
Javelin and NLAW are advanced anti-tank missiles currently in service in Europe and the United States. They have a range of 1 to 4 kilometers. They are equipped with advanced targeting systems and have the ability to ignore after shooting. Top attack mode, aiming at the most vulnerable roof of armored vehicles to ensure kills, is especially beneficial for defenders in urban battles.