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Putin Might Be Planning a Massive Wave of Missile Attacks on Ukraine

HIMARS. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
HIMARS. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Russia Is Reportedly Preparing New Massive Missile Attacks On Ukraine: Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, revealed during a telethon this week that Russia is preparing new waves of missile attacks across the country.

Putin’s New Missile Attacks Coming Soon?

Yusov’s comments came after Russia unleashed a new barrage of missile strikes across Ukrainian cities on Wednesday, once again targeting energy infrastructure and causing blackouts that extended from Ukraine to Moldova.

“They are trying to break us, plunge us into darkness and cold during the war, and force us to negotiate on the aggressor’s terms. This will not work; we understand that the frequency of massive missile attacks on Ukraine is about a week. That is, this is the period that is needed to prepare for the next such attack,” Yusov said, adding that Russia’s rapidly dwindling supply of precision-guided missiles doesn’t change Russia’s plans.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov shared a graphic on Twitter showing how Russia’s supply of precision-guided missiles were rapidly dwindling.

Reznikov also revealed how Russia is struggling to replace missiles used on the battlefield, having used 829 Iskander missiles out of an initial stockpile of 900. Just 48 new missiles were procured during that same time.

Russia does, however, still have almost 7,000 S-300 ground-launched missiles at its disposal, as well as hundreds of air-launched and sea-launched missiles.

In this week’s television appearance, Yusov said that Russia is not striving for accuracy, but instead intends to cause as much damage as possible to the country’s infrastructure. Without access to guided missiles, Russia will instead depend on its large supply of S-300 missiles, which means that residential buildings and civilian infrastructure are as much under threat as the energy infrastructure the military is technically targeting.

Specifically, Yusov warned that there is a threat to cities on the front line, including Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Kherson, and Mykolaiv.

The Defense Ministry representative said that Kyiv is “working to protect” the civilian population and civil infrastructure, but warned that Russia, despite its weaknesses, remains “serious, armed, and massive.”

“Therefore, unfortunately, missile terror may continue.”

Russia Now Denies Latest Missile Strikes

Following Wednesday’s strikes in Kyiv and other major Ukrainian cities, the Kremlin is now denying responsibility for damage caused in the nation’s capital.

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“Not a single strike was made on targets within the city of Kyiv,” the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed, adding that any damage to civil or energy infrastructure must have been “the result of the fall of missiles from foreign and Ukrainian air defense systems located in residential areas of the Ukrainian capital.”

Russia’s latest explanation for the strikes conveniently follows the accidental missile strike on Polish soil this month that Polish authorities say was likely the result of a Ukrainian missile intercepting a Russian strike.

Though, by virtue of admitting that damage was in fact caused to residential buildings and civil infrastructure, the Kremlin has just given further credibility to international investigations into war crimes committed in Ukraine.

If the strikes are happening, and if it can be proven they were not caused by Ukrainian missile launches, then Russia must therefore have been responsible.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.