British intelligence agency explains why Russia paused massive missile strikes on Ukraine
Russian long-range aviation did not launch missile strikes against Ukraine from September 21 to October 13, i.e. 21 days. This may be an indication that the aggressor country is stockpiling missiles for massive air attacks in the winter, targeting critical infrastructure.
This is the assumption made by British intelligence. The report was published on Friday morning on the X (Twitter) of the British Ministry of Defense.
Foreign experts characterized such a rather long break in Russian missile attacks as "something unusual."
It is noted that the last such pause was from March 9 to April 28, 2023, lasting for 51 days.
Intelligence officers explain that the Russian Federation has almost exhausted its stockpile of combat-ready missile munitions after the winter campaign of strikes on Ukraine's critical infrastructure. In particular, it is long-range X-101 air-to-ground cruise missiles.
"It is likely that Russian long-range aviation is maintaining its existing stockpile of missiles and is also using this pause to increase its usable stockpile in anticipation of further heavy strikes on Ukraine in the winter," the British intelligence report said.
Earlier, Yuriy Ihnat, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, also warned that the enemy is stockpiling missiles to strike Ukraine in winter. This is evidenced by the fact that Russia carries out massive attacks mainly with kamikaze drones.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the aggressor country Russia has managed to increase missile production despite the sanctions imposed by Western countries. As of September 2023, the Russians exceeded the pre-war level of production of such weapons.