Status: 18.09.2023, 21:00 p.m.
By: Sandra Käthe
In Russia, according to British intelligence, more air-launched cruise missiles are produced than used. This allows an important conclusion for the winter.
London/Moscow – Even in the second winter after the start of the Ukraine war, Russia's military may want to intensify attacks on Ukraine's civilian infrastructure – and thus put further pressure on the civilian population. At least that's what the British secret service expects in its situation report on Ukraine from the weekend.
In its daily assessment of the situation, published on the short message platform X (formerly Twitter), the British Ministry of Defense recalled that Russia under ruler Vladimir Putin had regularly attacked critical infrastructure last winter and damaged power plants, for example. As a result, large-scale power outages were regularly forced in Ukraine. Ukraine then accused Putin of terrorizing the Ukrainian civilian population.
British intelligence expects renewed Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure in winter. © Pavlo Palamarchuk/imago-images
Attacks on civilian infrastructure in winter: British intelligence sees clear signs
According to the British authority, people could also be threatened with something similar in the upcoming winter. Findings suggested that in recent months since April 2023, significantly more so-called air-launched cruise missiles have been produced for the Russian military than have been used by the armed forces.
From this, British intelligence concludes that Russia may again be stockpiling a large number of these missiles for the winter to attack areas outside the occupied regions and away from the war fronts in Ukraine. Several human rights organizations had accused Russia of committing war crimes because of its actions last year.
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For example, strategically important towns in the largely occupied Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine were recently recaptured by Ukrainian troops. In an interview with The Economist newspaper, the head of Ukraine's military intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, recently announced that his country was planning to interrupt the Russian land corridor to the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed in violation of international law, before the onset of winter, thus further weakening the country's situation. (saka)