Melnik about depletion of missile stockpiles in Russia: massive strikes will not disappear anyway
After massive missile attacks in the fall and winter, Russia's missile resources are depleted. However, this does not mean that the aggressor has no missiles at all, or that the Russian industry, which is outside of the target zone, cannot produce them.
Russia's missile attacks against Ukraine will not stop, the intervals between them may increase, and the enemy may fire several fewer missiles per attack. This was stated by co-director of foreign policy programs, coordinator of international projects of the Razumkov Center, military expert Oleksiy Melnik in an interview with OBOZREVATEL.
He explained that the statement about the depletion of Russian resources can be assessed in different ways. For example, the depletion of the arsenal of artillery shells has reduced the daily consumption of them at the front from 60,000 to 20,000, but shelling still continues.
"It's the same for missiles. It doesn't mean that they have run out of missiles and have stopped firing. They will still do massive salvos, but the break between them will not be the same as when they had a much longer resource - 10 days or two weeks, but more. They will do more intervals, maybe there will be a dozen less rockets," Melnik stressed.
He reminded that the military-industrial complex enterprises capable of producing new missiles are still working in Russia. And, unlike enterprises of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, they are out of the kill zone.
"That is, for all their problems with technology, with sanctions, etc. Russia still has its own industry, which allows it to produce weapons. And even with a limited number of external arms suppliers, Russia still receives hundreds of thousands of additional shells from Iran, if you look at the U.S. intelligence data," the military expert noted.
Therefore, Melnik concluded, it is impossible to put an equal sign between resource depletion and complete depletion of reserves.
"When we speak about depletion of resources, it is necessary to understand that it is not depletion of reserves. It is just their reduction. But in any case, they remain extremely significant, threatening," the expert noted.
As a reminder, earlier the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that Russia has few missiles left, but they slowly produce them further.
According to Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the AFU, the fragments of missiles used by the Russian occupiers during the latest attacks confirm that they were made very recently, particularly in the fall and winter. In fact, the enemy is launching missiles that have just come off the assembly line in Ukraine.
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