General Romanenko notes change in Russian tactics during air attacks on Ukraine
General Ihor Romanenko, founder of the Let's Close the Skies of Ukraine Charitable Foundation, spoke about how the Russian army uses precision missiles and drones for its attacks
He spoke about this on Espreso TV.
Romanenko stressed that the Russians are no longer using only cheap Shahed drones, but also missiles that the Russian enemy has been saving for some time.
"They have a resource, during this time they have accumulated about 900 modern high-precision missiles for launching from the air by Tu-95MS, Tu-160, Tu-22M3 bombers. In addition, there are Kalibr missiles from the platforms of warships, missile boats and submarines. There are also Iskanders, an operational and tactical missile system that fires cruise missiles, which are missiles that can not only plot a route on one side, but also fly around air defence areas, go around on the other side, and we saw everything in the last use," the general explained.
As for the drones, the founder of the Let's Close the Skies of Ukraine Charitable Foundation stressed that the Russian army is improving them, looking for ways to modernise them, including the use of SIM cards.
"However, the power of the warhead of the Shahed is not the same as that of these cruise missiles. In addition to cruise missiles, there are ballistic missiles. Therefore, the combination of Shahed drones and missiles of different types leads to increased efficiency," the expert concluded and added that Ukraine needs more air defence equipment from its allies, not only Patriot systems but also THAAD.
- On the morning of December 8, Russia fired cruise missiles from Tu-95MS strategic bombers. They were travelling through the Kharkiv and Dnipro regions to the Kyiv area.
- On the morning of December 8, during the Russian army's missile attack on Ukraine, 19 Kh-101 and Kh-555 missiles were launched, 14 of which were shot down by air defences.
- The spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force Command, Yuriy Ihnat, said that the enemy was hitting Ukraine's infrastructure with high-precision long-range weapons.
- On December 8, US National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby said that the White House believed that a massive missile strike on Ukraine was an expected move by Russia with the onset of winter.