Air Force reveals Russia’s new tactics in missile, drone attacks against Ukraine

31 March, 02:52 PM
Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command (Photo:Suspilne)

Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command (Photo:Suspilne)

The Russian occupation army is employing new methods and tactics to carry out attacks on Ukrainian territory, the spokesman of the Air Force Command, Yuriy Ihnat, said on Ukrainian national television on March 31.

He noted that at first Russia used Shahed drones during the day, then at night, realizing that mobile fire groups could not destroy them as effectively as during the day.

"But we are not standing still, and mobile fire teams are receiving modern equipment from our partners, from volunteers, which helps to destroy Shahed even at night," Ihnat said.

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He said that Ukraine, like Russia, is modernizing its weapons, such as cruise missiles.

"New weapons are gaining more prospects for use," Ihnat said.

“The same applies to winged bombs, which we also employ — JDAMs. We also use them, though we do not have as many of them as we would like.”

At the same time, Russia is modernizing high-explosive aircraft bombs by equipping them with wings and GPS so that the warplanes that drop them can avoid entering Ukraine’s air defense zone.

Such a projectile will not fly farther than 10-15 kilometers, but even this flight distance can cause damage to Ukrainian troops and the population in frontline areas. Long-range air defense and Western aircraft are needed to shoot them down, Ihnat said.

In the early hours of March 31, Russian occupation forces attacked Ukraine with S-300 missiles and Shahed drones, launching them from Russia’s Bryansk Oblast through Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.

In total, Ukrainian air defenses destroyed nine out of the 10 drones.

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