Russia’s preparation for latest massive attack takes a month amid shortage of ammunition, Ukrainian intel says
According to intelligence data, the Russian Federation has been stockpiling missiles for a month for a massive attack on March 9. (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
Russia’s massive attack against Ukraine on March 9 indicates a significant shortage of missiles as it took over a month for the aggressor to amass enough resources, spokesperson for Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Andriy Yusov said during national telethon.
Russia will not be able to restore the intensity of previous attacks anytime soon, he said.
"At least, we are not seeing today the intervals that were at the beginning of this missile terror — when we were expecting massive attacks, including a large number of missiles and drones, virtually every week," Yusov said.
"In the near future, it is unlikely that the enemy will be able to restore the same intensity."
He added that Russia used as many missiles on March 9 as it can produce within a month.
"We can say that they have been accumulating forces for a month, including using what’s being produced at their facilities," he said.
"In fact, what they could have produced in a month was spent on Ukrainian (power grids’) transformers."
In the early hours of March 9, Russia conducted its latest mass missile attack on Ukraine.
Explosions were heard in several cities and regions, including Kyiv. There were hits to infrastructure facilities. Power outages were reported in some regions.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces' Commander-in-Chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said that the Russian troops had launched 81 missiles of various types. Air defense forces destroyed 34 cruise missiles and four of the eight Shahed-136/131 drones launched.
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