Russia uses decoy missiles and balloons to overload Ukrainian air defenses

17 February, 12:35 AM
Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

Mykhailo Podolyak (Photo:Office of the President)

Russia has recently started using decoy missiles without explosive warheads and balloons to overwhelm Ukraine’s air defense systems, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in an interview with AP on Feb. 16.

Podolyak noted that the Russians are “definitely changing tactics” as the anniversary of the invasion war approaches. According to him, the purpose of the decoy missiles is to overload Ukraine's air defenses with numerous targets.

“They want to overload our anti-aircraft system to get an extra chance to hit infrastructure facilities,” said Podolyak.

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He added Russia is exhausting its cruise missile stockpiles, forced to mixing in old Soviet-era missiles along with “new missiles that have some value.”

On Feb. 15, several Russian reconnaissance balloons with radar reflectors triggered an air raid alert in Kyiv Oblast.

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