Russia did not use Iranian drones in mass strike on Dec. 16
Enemy missile shot down (Photo:Генштаб ЗСУ/Facebook)
Russia used nearly every weapon in its arsenal in the massattack on Dec. 16, except for Iranian-made Shahed drones, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said on national TV on Dec. 17.
However, these drones were used the day before, likely to probe Ukrainian defenses, Ihnat noted.
"This, in particular, is done in order to find out exactly where those Shaheds were shot down, where exactly our air defense reached them,” he explained.
"Because the Shaheds are downed at night and primarily by anti-aircraft missile systems. Obviously, they identify their location and then make adjustments for their missile attacks.”
Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko confirmed that energy facilities in the east and south of Ukraine were damaged in the Dec. 16 attack, and emergency power outages were reported throughout Ukraine. Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s power grid operator, introduced and later canceled a state of emergency due to the loss of over 50% of supply in Ukraine's energy system.
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