Ukraine's Air Force is ready for possible massive Russian attacks on energy infrastructure
Ukraine's Air Force is bolstering its resources amid concerns of potential attacks by Russia on its energy facilities this fall. While the Russian Federation has fewer missiles compared to last year, its production of attack drones is on the rise
Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesperson for the Air Force, discussed these developments during an interview.
"We are reinforcing our Air Force, and all branches of the Defense Forces are enhancing their air defenses. Short-range air defense may not cover extensive distances for intercepting airborne threats, but increased numbers improve the overall outcome," commented the Armed Forces spokesperson.
According to Ihnat, Russian assaults on Ukraine's energy infrastructure commenced on September 11 of the previous year when the Kharkiv thermal power station was targeted. Between that date and March 9, 2023, the air defense units successfully neutralized 750 enemy cruise missiles and nearly as many offensive drones.
"We stood strong then, and we will stand strong now. The Russians have fewer missiles than last year, but their drone production is on the rise, and we must remain prepared," emphasized Ihnat.
In his view, Ukrainians, especially those in the energy sector, have already taken precautions against potential attacks on energy infrastructure, with the air defense system prepared to respond effectively.
"Just a year ago, we had no Western medium-range defense systems at all. We only had a limited number of NASAMS and IRIS systems in the fall. Today, if you take a look, we possess a diverse range of air defense capabilities that are unmatched worldwide.”
“All these air defense systems are operational today and yield results, complementing the effective operation of Soviet systems in our country, such as the S-300, Buk-M1, and S-125. This diverse mix delivers effective results," shared the spokesperson for Ukraine's Armed Forces.
Ihnat also highlighted that the ground-based air defense system would be significantly bolstered by the inclusion of F-16 fighter aircraft capable of intercepting enemy cruise missiles and drones.
During the early hours of Sunday, September 3, Russian terrorists deployed attack drones to target port facilities in the Odesa region, resulting in injuries to two individuals. Ukrainian air defense forces successfully neutralized 22 Shahed drones.