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(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) On the night of May 16, Russian forces launched numerous missiles at Ukraine in a barrage that nearly reached Ukraine’s capitol city of Kyiv.
Russians launched the 18 missiles in concert from land, sea and air, from the north, east, and south.
The air defense reportedly was successful in defending the capitol from any serious damage. The only damage sustained was from blown up missile fragments, which landed in various places throughout the city, including a Kyiv zoo.
Three people were injured in the attack. No casualties were reported in the attack.
On the whole, however, Ukrainian air defenses destroyed all 18 Russian missiles before they could reach their targets, the Ukrainian state media outlet Rubryka reported.
I’m sorry, our air defence forces destroyed 3 UAV “SuperCum”?
— Karina Vinnikova (@KarinaVinnikova) May 16, 2023
The Russians also reportedly conducted aerial reconnaissance using a tactical drone called “SuperCam,” which they pronounce as “SuperCum.”
The drone’s suggestive name immediately started trending on Twitter, prompting numerous jokes and memes, some pro-Russia and others pro-Ukraine.
#SuperCum everywhere! pic.twitter.com/eXPSv8mbSv
— Lennon Fella (@OasisvBlur) May 16, 2023
it's too early for this shit. what tf is supercum? I am not clicking the tab, idgaf pic.twitter.com/mRhzorWyvx
— DΞΔTH!NK (@deathink) May 16, 2023
Some Twitter users posted memes of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy‘s famous sexualized dancing performance from his earlier acting days.
Since SuperCum is trending 😂🤣 pic.twitter.com/Vtrhy8iHsh
— The Waco Kid (@TheWacoKid8) May 16, 2023
Another Twitter user posted a photo of missiles, calling it an “exclusive photo” of “the SuperCum UAV.”
Exclusive photo of the SuperCum UAV loaded up with Kinzhal missiles. pic.twitter.com/5abNyr59Mg
— Trollstoy (@Trollstoy88) May 16, 2023
For some who found photos of it, the drone looked exactly like they thought it would.
The russian drone “SuperCum” that we shot down last night looks exactly how I thought it would pic.twitter.com/DOIEtL80F8
— Mira of Kyiv 🇺🇦 (@reshetz) May 16, 2023
Others called attention to the fact that Americans seem concerned with the name of a small Russian drone as their nation collapses.
America is burning down, corruption in all top branches of government and departments revealed and what does Twitter "trend"?
Big Tech is being controlled heavily by communist propagandists….. STILL.
And it's about to get worse. pic.twitter.com/FxcICXiZGu
— MuskPhone Sally (@LuvDodgeCharger) May 16, 2023
On a more serious note, some suggested that the error was the result of a Russian disinformation campaign to undermine the Ukrainian military’s credibility.
Russian pro-war Telegram channel with 1+ million followers posts fakes, changing the name of UAV "Supercam" on the official picture of 🇺🇦 Air Forces to "SuperCum"🤦♂️
Despite how ridiculous it sounds, this works in Russia to discredit the Ukrainian army.#StopRussianPropaganda pic.twitter.com/AqZCjMbjkD
— Sviat Hnizdovskyi (@s_hnizdovskyi) May 16, 2023
After realizing their mistake, Ukrainian media sources corrected the term to SuperCam, but it was too little, too late.
Zelenskyy’s Ukraine has been armed to the tooth by the west, a large part of which appears to be using Ukraine to fight a proxy war against Russia.
Western gifts include a missile defense system from the U.S. government.