After bomb terror against Ukrainians
London: Russia runs out of kamikaze drones
11/24/2022, 12:24 pm (updated)
For weeks, Russian troops have attacked Ukraine. The British Ministry of Defense has reported that there have been no reports of attacks by kamikaze drones for days. “Russia has probably almost exhausted its current stock.”
According to British estimates, Russia is increasingly relying on Iranian drones in the war against Ukraine. With this, Russia wants to compensate for its lack of cruise missiles, said the Ministry of Defense in London, citing intelligence findings. Since September, Russian troops have used hundreds of missiles against Ukraine, including so-called kamikaze drones. “But the approach has had limited success,” it said. Most of the drones were eliminated by the Ukrainian air defense.
The British ministry said the main targets of the drone attacks were tactical military objects and the Ukrainian power grid. Most recently, however, the Russian commanders had demanded that the Iranian drones target medical facilities and attack them with guided missiles.
However, no more attacks by kamikaze drones have been reported for a few days, it said in London. “Russia has probably almost exhausted its current stock, but may be scrambling to resupply.”
It is probably easier for Russia to procure new drones from abroad than to produce new cruise missiles, according to London sources. The British Ministry of Defense has published daily information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine at the end of February, citing intelligence information.
The Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov previously published an overview of the alleged remaining Russian missile arsenal. Accordingly, 829 of the Iskander-type surface-to-surface missiles, i.e. more than four-fifths of the stock, were fired. In the case of Ch-101 and Ch-555 air-to-ground missiles, half of the arsenal is still there, they say.
(This article was first published on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.)