Russia is using its strategic reserve of some missile types, since 30% is a limit of ammunitions that must always be left in stock.
Russia has taken a "pause" between massive missile strikes against Ukraine's infrastructure. What is the reason?
During the national TV marathon, Vadym Skibitskyi, the Spokesman of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, named three reasons why the aggressor country decided to postpone its next strike.
Firstly, they conduct additional reconnaissance of the facilities that were hit. Secondly, this is a classic approach: the areas and targets should be first struck, then surveyed. Thirdly, they need to stockpile missiles for another strike, and it takes time," Skibitskyi noted.
According to him, taking into consideration the depletion of Russia’s missile stock, the enemy uses mostly old missiles that were produced back in the Soviet era. Therefore, the missiles need some technical maintenance before being ready for use.
The Defence Intelligence noted that the Russian trips used obsolete Kh-22 missiles, and quite a large percentage of them exploded in the air without reaching their targets.
Still, he confirmed that the study of missile fragments discovered at the wreckage site after the massive strike revealed that the enemy also used new missiles manufactured in 2022. Therefore, it is likely that the missiles are launched almost immediately after leaving the factory.
How many missiles Russian will be able to produce depends on its manufacturing capacity. The aggressor country’s missile stock has decreased significantly compared to the pre-war period, but, unfortunately, the Russian Federation is still able to produce a certain number of cruise missiles and other weapons that are used against Ukraine because of evasion of economic sanctions.
Skibitskyi also added that Russia used the territory of Belarus to handle and transport its ammunitions.
"During the last two months, Russia has exported multiple shipments of 122-mm and 152-mm artillery ammunition," he said.
According to him, there is still no confirmation of withdrawal of Tochka-U type missiles from Belarus.
Skibitskyi assumed that Russia still had enough missile stock to be able to use its own weapons for strikes.
Still, according to him, the invaders were negotiating the supply of arms and ammunition from other countries.
In particular, the Russian is facing the deficit of ammunition for Smerch and Uragan MLRS due to lack of own production capacities.
According to the Defence Intelligence, Russia has also engaged in negotiations with Iran in order to replenish Russia's ballistic missile arsenal.
"There are draft agreements between Russia and Iran, but so far we have not recorded any deliveries of such weapons," Skibitskyi said.
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