Russia may be stocking up missiles for future mass attacks, air force believes

1 July, 06:53 PM
One of the attacks of the Russian Federation on Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

One of the attacks of the Russian Federation on Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russia is likely to be stockpiling missiles for future air strikes, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force Yuriy Ihnat said on Ukrainian national television on July 1.

"Obviously, the enemy is amassing something, making stockpiles for some even more cunning intentions,” Ihnat said

“We can only guess what is in their minds after recent events in Russia,” he added, likely referring to Wagner mercenary company Yevgeny Prigozhin's rebellion and the Freedom of Russia Legion's raids in Belgorod Oblast.

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Russia is recovering after these domestic events, he said.

"Tactical aircraft are always active in the frontline," he added.

Following waves of missile and drone attacks all through May, the number of Russian attacks on Kyiv and the rest of the country started to diminish in June. As of July 1, there have been no air alerts in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv for several days.

However, the Russian military continues to launch drones and missiles, in small numbers at targets across Ukraine, but especially in areas close to the front line, which are also subject to attack by Russian gliding bombs released by warplanes.

Cities in the east and south of the country are also subject to attack by short range ballistic missile systems, such as the Iskander-M system and missiles from the S-300 air defense system used in ground attack, ballistic mode.

Russian invasion forces launched two Iskander missiles at the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast on June 27. The missiles hit a café in the city center, causing the death of 12 persons, including three children.

Another 65 people were wounded in the attack, including an eight-month-old infant, who received a head injury.

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