Ukrainian drones strike majority of planned targets in Russia — ISW
Ukrainian drones launched in the past day likely successfully hit a significant number of their intended targets in Russia. This conclusion is drawn from the observed differences in reported data
This is stated by the American think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The report highlights that Ukrainian forces conducted a substantial series of strikes on Russian targets during the night of December 29-30. Ukrainian security sources shared with Western and Ukrainian media that over 70 drones were launched against Russian military infrastructure and defense-industrial facilities near Moscow, Belgorod, Tula, Tver, and Bryansk.
Contrary to this, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed to have intercepted 32 Ukrainian drones in the Bryansk, Oryol, Kursk, and Moscow regions on the same night.
ISW analysts point out that the inconsistency in figures between Russia and Ukraine suggests that Ukrainian forces likely hit many intended targets.
- On December 30, Russia reported shelling in the Belgorod, Bryansk, Moscow, Kursk, and Oryol regions, with the factory producing components for Iskander and Pantsir being a probable target.
- Simultaneously, explosions were reported in the center of Belgorod, Russia. Local authorities stated that the city was struck by drones, resulting in alleged casualties. Ukrainian intelligence informed the media that the Armed Forces targeted military facilities in the city.