Increased Russian suicide drone activity may point to arrival of new batch of flying bombs from Iran – ISW

31 December 2022, 11:01 AM
Shahed-136 (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov/File Photo)

Shahed-136 (Photo:REUTERS/Roman Petushkov/File Photo)

The increased pace of Russian drone attacks after a three-week pause in their use may mean Russia has obtained, or expects to obtain, more of the Iranian-made flying bombs, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its daily report for Dec. 30.

Another attack by the kamikaze drones took place in the early hours of Dec. 30, following a massive Russian missile strike on Ukrainian critical infrastructure on Dec. 29, during which the Russian military also launched 23 drones.

The report indicates that over the past two days the Russians have used 39 UAVs. This is on top of the 30 suicide drones that the enemy launched on the night of Dec. 18-19 and a further 13 on Dec. 14.

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The ISW suggests that the Russian military has increased the pace of UAV attacks in an attempt to sustain their campaign against critical infrastructure, given the depletion of Russia’s stocks of high-precision missiles.

"Ukrainian air defenses have recently proven to be highly effective at shooting down (Iranian) Shahed drones and the Russian military’s use of these systems in attacks against civilian targets in rear areas is having diminishing impacts," the analysts concluded.

“The Russian military will likely continue to commit an increased number of these systems to attacks on civilian targets in Ukraine in its misguided attempt to break the Ukrainian will to fight.”

On the morning of Dec. 29, Russia again launched a massive missile attack on Ukraine. Due to strikes on critical infrastructure facilities, power supply disruptions were recorded in Kharkiv, Lviv, and Odesa oblasts.

On the same day, the Russians also launched drones from the northern direction.

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