Russia plans more missile barrages this autumn – military expert
A man holds an icon against the background of a church destroyed by a Russian missile strike in Kamyshevas, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, April 16, 2023 (Photo:REUTERS)
Russia may intensify missile strikes this autumn, Center for Military and Legal Research head, Oleksandr Musienko, told Radio NV on April 17.
“They’re simply accumulating the potential that they can still accumulate,” he said.
“Unfortunately, not everything is destroyed in their military and industrial complex, they have some capabilities for producing 40-50 missiles, this is at least what was mentioned by The New York Times and confirmed by Ukrainian military intelligence.”
Musienko said that Ukraine’s General Staff had mentioned at a briefing the week before that “in principle, Russia continues manufacturing Kh-type missiles.”
“They didn’t say how many, but it means that they can try again to step up missile terror in the autumn,” he said.
The enemy has recently changed tactics and is using S-300 missiles and glide bombs, targeting the front line and near-front territories in the Chernihiv, Sumy and Kharkiv oblasts along Russia’s border.
“As of today, they took such a break to accumulate missiles,” the expert said.
“It’s necessary to understand that the Ukrainian air defense capabilities will also improve This is also a trend. That is, so far in this race, we can’t see that Russia has gained any advantage that they could use to achieve a better result than last year.”
Russian troops have changed the tactics of shelling Ukraine this spring, said Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat. Now the the enemy aims most attacks at the southern, eastern, and northern regions with S-300 missiles.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia had about 7,000 S-300 missiles in storage a few months before, though a large number had already been used, Ihnat said.
He added that Russia could continue producing missiles for the S-300 and S-400 systems. In addition, there are reports that Russia had resumed the production of the Kh-50 missile, which is an equivalent of the Kh-101.
Russia plans to launch serial production of strategic Kh-50 air-launched cruise missiles to intensify attacks on Ukraine this autumn, Ukraine’s General Staff reported on April 13
Since February 2022, Russia has exhausted at least 50% of its stockpile of long-range anti-aircraft missiles, having used around 8,000 such missiles, mostly of the surface-to-surface variety.
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