The Russian Federation has already accumulated significant reserves of cruise missiles for winter attacks on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine.
In the period from November 18 to 19, Russia launched about 50 combat kamikaze drones, mainly in the direction of Kyiv, reported November 21 Ministry of Defense of Great Britain. They were launched in waves from Kursk and Krasnodar in the Russian Federation.
“One of Russia’s goals was probably to weaken Ukrainian air defenses in order to create a battlefield ahead of a coordinated winter campaign to strike Ukraine’s energy infrastructure,” said a recent British intelligence report.
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For two months, Russia has refrained from launching air-launched cruise missiles from its fleet of heavy bombers.
“Presumably, this allowed it to accumulate significant stocks of this weapon. The Russian Federation will most likely use these missiles if it repeats last year’s request to destroy the critically important national infrastructure of Ukraine,” the department notes.
The IRIS-T systems, which Germany promises to provide to Ukraine by the end of 2023, will significantly strengthen Ukrainian air defense already this winter.
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