Ukrainian intelligence says drone strikes aim to topple production at Russian military companies, one after another

10 September, 02:34 AM
Rostov-on-Don after one of the attacks (Photo:REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov)

Rostov-on-Don after one of the attacks (Photo:REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov)

The purpose of Ukraine’s current drone strikes on Russia is to weaken the enemy's combat potential, Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate or HUR said on Ukrainian national television on Sept. 9.

"We are working methodically," Skibitsky said.

“We identify the most critical targets, the most important objects for the Russian Federation: these are military facilities, military-industrial complex facilities that ensure the production of missiles and drones, and these are facilities that provide logistics.”

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The purpose of the subsequent Ukrainian strikes is to weaken the enemy's ability to continue the war against Ukraine, Skibitsky said. All of the enemy targets are numbered and are in a hierarchical target list.

"We’re purposefully destroying them to reduce the potential of the Russian Federation and achieve a domino effect – when the destruction of one enterprise lead to the fact that others that are tied to its products will stop military production," the HUR spokesperson said.

Skibitsky said that Ukraine's international partners understand the purpose of the security and defense forces' actions on enemy territory.

"We use, among other things, NATO methods," Skibitsky said.

“(Our Western partners) understand that it's not just a matter of launching a missile or a drone into the territory of the Russian Federation. Indeed, there are certain reservations, but from a military point of view, there is a full understanding of the situation and the actions we’re taking.”

UAV strikes regularly take place on Russian territory. For example, on Sept. 7, a fire broke out at the Salyut plant in Moscow, where military equipment is produced.

On Sept. 1, afire broke out in a workshop of the Tomilinsky Electronic Plant research and production enterprise in Lyubertsy, Moscow Oblast, following a drone attack.

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