(Dan Tri) – The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Moscow’s air defense systems shot down 10 ATACMS missiles on the Crimean peninsula on the night of May 15.

ATACMS missile (Photo: Lockheed Martin).

`Last night, an attempt by the Kiev authorities to carry out terrorist attacks using US ATACMS tactical combat missiles, French Hammer precision bombs, US HARM anti-radiation missiles,

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, `10 ATACMS tactical missiles were shot down by air defense systems on the Crimean peninsula.`

The Russian Defense Ministry did not disclose any damage caused by the attack.

According to preliminary information, no one was injured after the attack, Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said on the Telegram channel.

Russia recently announced that Ukraine has begun using the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) provided by the US.

According to the New York Times, the US quietly transferred 100 long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine and Kiev put these missiles into use.

The US previously sent ATACMS with a shorter range last fall.

These targets include Crimea, a peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014 and is militarily important in the Ukrainian theater.

Crimea has been strongly fortified over the past 10 years and the peninsula plays an important role in the Russian military’s strategy.

Crimea also serves as a logistics hub and important military supply route to southern Ukraine, and is where Russia launched a series of missiles and drones to attack Kiev targets.

Ukraine has recently carried out many attacks on Crimea and claimed to have weakened Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

These attacks used weapons such as unmanned boats, drones, and Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles provided by the UK and France.

However, ATACMS has a big advantage over Storm Shadows: its movement speed is much faster.

In mid-April, Ukraine announced it had attacked the Dzhankoi military base, in northern Crimea, including the S-400 air defense launcher, without detailing the weapons used.

Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pointed to ATACMS as the main weapon for targeting Russian airfields in Crimea.

Weighing more than 1.6 tons, 4m long and 610mm in diameter, ATACMS can fly at speeds of up to 1km/s at a ceiling of about 50km.