Almost 5,000 missiles, over 1,000 drones launched at Ukraine in past year
Consequences of a Russian missile attack on a residential high-rise building in Dnipro on January 14 (Photo:Valentyn Reznichenko/Telegram)
Russia has conducted nearly 5,000 missile strikes and 3,500 air strikes against Ukraine since the start of its full-scale invasion of the country, a Ukrainian military official said at a briefing on Feb. 23.
Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, added that Russian forces also conducted almost 1,100 strikes using attack drones.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces shoot down most of the Russian missiles and regularly destroy enemy aircraft close to the front line.
Almost exactly a year ago, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Invading Russian forces initially tried to advance from the north, east and south, attacking peaceful cities throughout Ukraine.
Civilian targets in Ukrainian cities remain under sporadic Russian missile attack, while settlements along the Russian border are regularly shelled. Since October, Russia has also been hitting Ukrainian cities with Iranian-made kamikaze drones.
During this time, the Kremlin has changed its war goals in Ukraine several times. After the failed operation to seize Kyiv, Russian troops retreated from Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy oblasts to concentrate on fighting for the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that were under Ukrainian control before the full-scale invasion.
Currently, Russian invasion forces have seized parts of Zaporizhzhya, Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, Mykolaiv, and Kharkiv oblasts.
In September 2022, the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in the south and east of the country, striking at Russian ammunition depots and enemy manpower clusters, and managed to liberate almost the entirety of Kharkiv Oblast.
In November, the Ukrainian military also liberated the city of Kherson and drove the invaders out of the part of Kherson Oblast lying on the west bank of the Dnipro River.
After the Russian troops fled Kherson, the most the fiercest fighting continued in Donetsk Oblast, particularly in the area of Bakhmut and Vuhledar.
The Ukrainian army is preparing for a new counter-offensive and the liberation of more Ukrainian territories from Russian occupation.
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