Russia stockpiling missiles to target Ukraine in renewed mass missile attacks when the cold sets in

12 September, 04:40 PM
Consequences of the Russian night attack by UAVs on Kyiv on September 10 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Consequences of the Russian night attack by UAVs on Kyiv on September 10 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russian occupation forces are likely saving missiles to resume massive attacks on Ukraine when the cold season sets in, Natalia Humeniuk, head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine, announced on national TV on Sept. 12.

The aggressor's missile launchers are equipped and ready for use, but are all currently at their bases, she noted.

Russia's naval forces have deployed 12 ships, with another to monitor the surface situation in the Azov Sea.

"It is likely that the enemy will save missiles for some time in order to prepare for other measures and actions that are more powerful and massive," she said.

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New Russian attacks may be planned for the heating season, when temperatures drop in late fall and winter, she said.

Energy defense and protection of port infrastructure from Russian attacks was discussed at a Supreme Commander-in-Chief’s Staff meeting on Sept. 9.

While Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure are likely to continue this winter, Ukraine demonstrated last winter that it has the skilled labor and experience necessary to maintain its energy network even under wartime conditions, noted British intelligence.

Russia began to actively target Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in large-scale missile attacks beginning in October 2022. Ukraine then experienced more than 10 waves of large-scale Russian missile barrages, with dozens of missiles of various types and ranges.

Due to the power shortage in the energy system, the Energy Ministry was forced to cut off electricity to consumers. Despite the difficult winter for Ukrainians, the enemy was unable to achieve its goal of causing a complete blackout in Ukraine.

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