Pentagon believes Russia partly aims to exhaust Ukrainian air defence ammunition

19 November 2022, 04:31 PM
Smoke rises after a Russian missile attack, Kyiv, October 31, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Vladyslav Sodel)

Smoke rises after a Russian missile attack, Kyiv, October 31, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Vladyslav Sodel)

Russia’s mass missile strikes are partly aimed at overwhelming and exhausting Ukraine's air defence ammunition, the U.S. undersecretary of defence for policy, Colin Kahl, told UK newspaper The Guardian on Nov. 19.

He said Moscow hoped to dominate the skies by forcing Kyiv to use all of its much-needed air defence stocks.

"We know what the Russian theory of victory is, and we’re committed to making sure that’s not going to work by making sure that the Ukrainians get what they need to keep their air defenses viable," Kahl said.

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About a month ago Russia started to launch targeted mass strikes on energy infrastructure across Ukraine that caused rolling and long-lasting blackouts throughout the country.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said about half of the energy system of Ukraine had been damaged as of Nov. 18.

On Nov. 15, Russia carried out the largest mass missile and drone attack on Ukraine since Feb. 24 after a few relatively quiet weeks, launching about 100 missiles in a single mass attack.

Three residential buildings were hit in the center of the capital of Ukraine, killing a person, while four other missiles were downed.

There were missiles strikes around the country, causing widespread power outages. The Ukrainian military said it managed to shoot down around 70 of the Russian missiles.

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