Russia firing at Ukraine missiles made last fall or winter, Air Force says
Missile (Photo:REUTERS/Gene Blevins)
The Russian military is now using missiles that were manufactured quite recently – last fall or winter – in their attacks against Ukraine, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said on Ukrainian national television on April 30.
He said that although Russia continues to produce new missiles, the pace of their production is slow.
“We know that the Russians have few missiles left, although they continue to produce them,” Ihnat said.
“The remains that were found during the last strikes indicate that these are fresh missiles, they were manufactured in the fall, and there are spare parts made in winter. The enemy continues to produce them, but the production rate is low, because these are high-tech weapons, and they are not produced quickly. (But) unfortunately, they do continue to produce them.”
He said that the analysis of markings on the wreckage of Russian missiles showed that some of the metal and high-tech parts are possibly not of Russian origin.
“Cruise missiles are effectively unmanned aircraft, they cost millions of dollars, they contain tens of thousands of high-tech parts, and Russia certainly cannot produce (all of) them," Ihnat added.
“This is a fact. Unfortunately, it can get them through third countries, it can and does get them through smuggling. That is why sanctions pressure on the terrorist state is needed at all levels. This pressure is also needed on those states that may be assisting Russia in obtaining these parts.”
In the early hours of April 28, Russia launched another massive missile attack on Ukrainian cities. Eleven missiles and 2 UAVs were shot down near Kyiv.
According to Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Ukrainian defenders shot down 21 of 23 missiles that Russia fired at Ukraine.
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