UK intelligence warns of potential russian attacks this winter

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.16 - 2023 1:15 PM CET

UK intelligence warns of potential russian attacks this winter

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The UK Ministry of Defence has issued a warning, based on intelligence updates, that Russia is likely preparing to launch missile strikes on Ukraine's energy infrastructure during the upcoming winter season.

According to this follows a pattern established last year when Russia targeted Ukrainian energy facilities from October 2022 to March 2023.

The UK Defence Intelligence report recalls that Russia primarily used Kh-101 missiles, launched from strategic aircraft within Russian territory, for these attacks.

The ministry emphasized that Russia has recently reduced its spending on air-launched cruise missiles while simultaneously increasing the production rate of such weapons.

According to the intelligence update, Russia is likely amassing a significant stockpile of air-launched cruise missiles.

"There is a realistic possibility Russia will again focus these weapons against Ukrainian infrastructure targets over the winter," the report stated.

In a prior review, UK Defence Intelligence had assessed the damage caused by a Ukrainian missile strike on the Russian submarine Rostov-on-Don and the landing ship Minsk, both of which were undergoing dry-dock repairs in Sevastopol.

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