Russia gets ready for another strike at Ukraine’s infrastructure, intelligence says
Consequences of the shelling of Kyiv, November 23 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Moscow is probably stockpiling missiles and updating its target lists for another massive missile attack on Ukraine’s power grid, Main Intelligence Directorate (MID) of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine said on Nov. 30.
“First, they are examining the damage already done to our sites that were hit,” MID spokesman Vadym Skibitskyi told Ukrainian TV broadcasters.
“Second, new targets and areas for future strikes are being examined. And finally, they are gathering missiles and preparing them for combat use, which takes some time.
Skibitskyi added that Russia is largely relying on Soviet-era cruise missiles, which require maintenance before deployment.
In total, Moscow has carried out seven large-scale missile and drone attacks against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, since Oct. 10.
By Nov. 29, Ukraine is still facing a 30% deficit in generation capacity in its power grid, with rolling blackouts across the country.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that over the course of the war, Russia launched over 16,000 missiles at Ukraine, with 97% of them aimed at civilian targets.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said that Moscow has enough missiles for three or four such large-scale attacks.
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