A Ukrainian soldier shoots down a Russian missile using only a machine gun

Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces chat while one of them holds remains of a missile said to have been launched after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday December 16, 2022. Ukrainian authorities on Friday reported explosions in at least three cities, saying Russia launched a major missile attack on power plants and infrastructure. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in at least four districts and urged residents to seek shelter. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A Ukrainian Territorial Defense volunteer “achieved the impossible” and shot down a Russian missile with nothing but a machine gun (Image: AP)

A Ukrainian soldier managed to shoot down a Russian cruise missile en route to Kyiv using only a machine gun.

Russia this week launched one of its biggest barrages yet against Ukraine, hitting several major cities and destroying large parts of its power grid.

But in a small suburb just outside of Kyiv, a Ukrainian Territorial Defense volunteer nicknamed “Kipesh” spotted a missile flying overhead and blew it up with a mounted machine gun, sending sparks flying from the missile before it hit a nearby one field fell.

The remains of the mangled missile were later found smoldering in a heap, and the young soldier was pictured clutching what appeared to be the wing of a cruise missile.

“When he fired, green sparks flew [the missile]. It started spinning, tipped over on its tail and fell down,” a comrade told local outlet Obozrevatel.

The unit’s commander, who identified himself as “Hera,” added, “It’s almost impossible to hit a missile with a machine gun, but it was done.”

The remains of a missile said to have been launched after a Russian attack lay by the side of a road in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday December 16, 2022. Ukrainian authorities on Friday reported explosions in at least three cities and said Russia had launched a large missile attack on energy facilities and infrastructure. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported explosions in at least four districts and urged residents to seek shelter. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The crumpled remains of the missile were later found in a field outside of Kyiv (Image: AP)

Earlier this year, a Ukrainian pensioner succeeded made similar headlines when he appeared to shoot down a Russian fighter jet with nothing but an antique rifle.

Valeriy Fedorovych is said to have fired at the £74million Su-34 as it flew over his home and received a medal for his million-to-one shot.

Russia’s latest wave of shelling is believed to be one of the largest yet, as the invaders fired 76 missiles at civilian targets across the country and hit at least four major cities.

Kiev officials said around 40 rockets were fired at the capital alone.

37 of those missiles are believed to have been shot down by air defenses, including the one hit by Kipesh’s lucky shot.

Elsewhere in the country, Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, suffered “colossal” damage after Russian strikes destroyed nine power plants and left residents without heat or electricity for hours.

In downtown Kryvyi Rih, the hometown of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a Russian missile hit a block of flats, burying residents in a pile of rubble.

76 rockets were fired at Ukraine on Friday, although around 60 were intercepted by Ukrainians (Image: AP)

According to rescue teams, three people were killed in the strike and thirteen others, including four children, were injured in the blast.

Nearly 600 miners were also trapped underground in Kryvyi Rih when rocket attacks cut power at the local coal mine.

After the latest round of strikes, Ukraine’s national energy supplier Ukrenergo said the power grid can now serve less than 50 percent of all customers and that critical infrastructure such as hospitals and military bases must take precedence over civilians.

Strikes against civilian infrastructure have intensified since October, as part of a new Russian strategy to try to force Ukrainians into submission after a series of battlefield losses.

Still, Ukrainians remain defiant in the face of danger, with the attacks only serving to bolster their resolve.

“No matter how many heinous missiles the Russian terrorists fire, we will not be intimidated or allow ourselves to be intimidated,” Defense Minister Oleskiy Reznikov said. tweeted on Friday.

“The Ukrainian army knows how to protect our skies.”

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