Russia has stockpiled 800 missiles in occupied Crimea, Ukrainians need to prepare – Air Force

Power engineer repairs power lines
Power engineer repairs power lines

The Russians don't have as many missiles now as they did last year, but Ukrainian air defenses, the energy sector, and all Ukrainians in general must be prepared for attacks on critical infrastructure, Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat, said on national television Nov. 17.

He was commenting on an intelligence report that said the enemy has stockpiled 800 missiles in occupied Crimea.

"Two and a half to three months ago there were 600 missiles. This suggests that there is a lull in missile attacks... There are attacks, but not as intense as in the summer. During this period, they (the Russians) were able to produce another 200 missiles of various types, including Kinzhal, two types of Iskander, Kh-101/Kh-555 and Kalibr,” Ihnat said, adding that there are also sufficient numbers of Onix, S-300, Kh-35, Kh-59, Kh-31 and Kh-22 missiles left in the Russian arsenal.

During the last six months of the heating season - from Sept. 2022 to Mar. 2023 - the enemy launched more than a thousand cruise missiles and more than a thousand kamikaze drones at Ukraine.

Russia has concentrated more than 800 missiles in occupied Crimea to carry out energy terror this winter, the Operational Command South spokesperson, Natalia Humenyuk, said on Nov. 16.

British intelligence reported in August that Russian attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure were likely to continue this winter.

Ukraine will respond to Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in October.

If Russia succeeds in attacking Ukraine's energy infrastructure again this winter, Ukraine will consider retaliating in kind by attacking Russia’s oil and gas infrastructure, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on Nov. 10, adding that Ukraine is implementing systems to protect critical infrastructure from Russian strikes, including air defense systems and other “systems that we will not talk about.”

Ukraine is preparing for the worst winter in its history because Russia will test the protection of Ukrainian power plants with missiles, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on November 6.

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