Ihnat: Russia fortified occupied Crimea with air defense systems, but this will not save the peninsula from Ukrainian missiles
Russia fortified occupied Crimea with air defense systems, but this will not save the peninsula from Ukrainian missiles. The spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Yuriy Ihnat said that Ukraine is likely to receive ATACMS missiles from Western partners.
The colonel said this on the air of the Yedyni Novyny TV marathon. He noted that there is more and more news about the delivery of these missiles.
Moreover, Ihnat is confident that Ukraine will receive not only ATACMS but also other weapons, including German-made Taurus missiles, which are also very much needed by the Defense Forces. At the same time, the spokesman noted that the Armed Forces already have long-range cruise missiles in service.
"These are cruise missiles that the enemy has been using since the first days of the war. Now we have the same weapon, which is even better. The enemy cannot shoot down these missiles, even though they claim to have an "elite air defense". Yes, some may be shot down, but as we can see, the missiles are still flying," Ihnat said.
At the same time, the Russians may move their aircraft from Crimea to protect it from Ukrainian cruise missiles and continue attacks on Ukraine. According to the Air Force spokesperson, Russia uses about 40 airfields to attack Ukraine, 5 of which are located in occupied Crimea.
"If there is a threat to the airfields, in Crimea in particular, there may be a relocation of aircraft to other airfields. Russia will do this as it sees that Saki airfield is in the crosshairs, as well as some other airfields. Russia has already resorted to dispersing aircraft when the airfields in Ryazan and Engels were under attack," the spokesman said.
According to media reports, Washington decided to provide Kyiv with ATACMS missiles even before President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the United States. This was kept secret so that there was no adverse reaction in Russia.
The ATACMS missiles could expand the Ukrainian Armed Forces' ability to strike the rear of the Russian occupiers. These missiles are designed for targeted strikes on enemy command centers, airfields, air defense facilities, and logistics. Read more about them here.