Russian missile stocks reach almost zero, says intelligence chief

28 February, 03:10 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (

Kyrylo Budanov (

Russia has significantly depleted its missile stockpiles, the chief of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said in aninterview with the Voice of America news site on Feb. 27.

Budanov said the interval between Russian missile attacks against Ukraine has become longer and the attacks themselves are not so massive.

Explaining the causes of this trend, Budanov said: "(Russia) is depleting its missile stockpiles. There are no other causes. They have, in fact, almost reached zero."

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The Air Force Command has speculated Russia didn't launch missiles against Ukraine at the first anniversary of its full-scale invasion as it could not afford to expend the missiles.

Russia launched a campaign of missile strikes against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure in early October in an effort to deny Ukrainians heat, power and water supplies in winter.

The large-scale missile attacks, sometimes involving the launch of up to 100 cruise missiles, did serious damage to Ukraine’s electricity grid, and for weeks Ukrainians endured regular power outages as engineers struggled to patch up the network.

However, the effectiveness of Ukrainian air defense increased noticeably once Ukraine received modern air defense systems from its Western military allies — notably the IRIS-T and Gepard systems from Germany.

In recent weeks the Russian missile attacks have become notably smaller, but they have also involved the use of ballistic missiles and supersonic cruise missiles, which Ukraine still does not have the capability of intercepting.

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