Ukrainian military observing Russian preparations for new mass missile and drone attack

13 January, 01:30 PM
During the missile attack on Kyiv on December 31, Russian troops hit the hotel (Photo:Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

During the missile attack on Kyiv on December 31, Russian troops hit the hotel (Photo:Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Ukraine’s military is currently observing signs that Russia is preparing to deliver another massive missile and drone strike on Ukraine, a spokesperson for the military said on Ukrainian national television on Jan. 13.

Head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine Natalia Humeniuk said the attack might involve a mix of missiles and kamikaze drones, and that the weapons might be launched in waves against Ukraine.

"The situation now is that we’re observing signs such preparations (for such an attack), so we have to warn that it’s likely that now it’s the period when they’re conducting the coordination of forces and pulling up the reserves they will need after the massive attack," she stated.

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Humeniuk did not name a specific date for a possible new mass strike, but said that the population should be prepared not only for the attack itself, but also for the fact that it will take some time to eliminate the consequences.

She said that when Russian forces fail to achieve convincing successes on the front line, they try to target the rear areas of Ukraine. The new attack may involve a mix of the use of missiles and Iranian-made flying bomb drones.

Other weapons with powerful destructive effect, such as the S-300 surface-to-air missile, adapted to strike ground targets, may also be employed in parallel, she said.

The Russian military last launched massive missile and drone attacks on Ukraine on Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, and in the early hours of Jan. 2.

Earlier, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russia was preparing missiles for a new massive attack on Ukraine. To maintain the pace of strikes, the aggressor state will combine different types of weapons, Ukrainian intelligence said.

Russia has been conducting a campaign of mass missile strikes on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure since early October.

The aim of the campaign is to deny Ukrainians supplies of heat, water and power during winter. The Kremlin hopes that this will make the public force the Ukrainian government to seek a ceasefire.

Moscow urgently needs a ceasefire in order to reconstitute its army, which has been badly mauled during 10 months of fighting in Ukraine.

Ukrainian and foreign military experts say Russia needs a pause in the fighting to replenish army units and train up mobilized forces to form new ones.

The Kremlin is then expected to launch another big offensive in Ukraine in spring, military experts say.

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