Russia has amassed missiles to strike Ukraine's energy infrastructure - British intelligence
Russia has recently been using drones to attack Ukraine, while accumulating significant stockpiles of cruise missiles to attack energy infrastructure in winter
The UK Ministry of Defence report states.
It is noted that between November 18 and 19, Russia launched about 50 Shahed attack drones, mainly towards Kyiv. The Russians launched them in waves from two directions - from Kursk to the east and from Krasnodar to the southeast.
According to British intelligence, one of Russia's goals is likely to degrade Ukraine's air defense. The invaders are also seeking to create a battlespace ahead of any concerted winter campaign of strikes on Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
Experts emphasize that Russia has now refrained from launching its air-launched cruise missiles for almost two months, which has probably allowed it to build up significant stocks of these weapons.
"Russia is highly likely to use these missiles if it repeats last year's effort to destroy Ukraine's critical national infrastructure," the British Ministry of Defense suggests.
- According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Defense Ministry, as of November 18, the Russian army has about 870 high-precision missiles of the operational, strategic, and tactical levels.