New massive missile attacks by Russia depend on many factors, including the number of missiles, Vadym Skibitskyi, spokesperson for the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine on Jan. 4.
He says Russia usually needs 1.5-2 weeks to get prepared for an attack.
In his words, it is difficult to predict the exact date of a new strike, but he suggests that it could happen even earlier than Jan. 9-10.
“It will depend on how many missiles they will use, how many they have ready today. We can see pilots training, aircraft moving from one airfield to another; there has been strike crew training for the past day. So, preparations for the next attack continue,” he said.
In addition, he added, the Russians take the weather into account.
“Right now, the weather is good for the use of more precise weapons. Shaheds (Iranian-made strike drones) now operate mostly after dark, and missile weapons can be used around the clock. And now the weather, at least in Kyiv, is appropriate... They have their own plans. There are complex factors. Like the weather, the holiday period, the availability of missiles, and frost. Therefore, it is very difficult to say clearly that only one element prevails,” Skibitskyi added.
Ukraine's Air Force, in turn, predicts that the Russian military may be preparing for a new massive missile strike on Jan. 7.