"The goal is not only to shell Ukraine": DIU explained how many strategic missiles Russia has left
At the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the aggressor country Russia had about 2,300 strategic missiles in service. Today, the arsenal of the enemy army has just over 900 units.
These include Kalibr cruise missiles (about 200 of them remain), X-101, X-555, X-55 and others. This was stated by a representative of the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, Andrii Yusov, in an interview with LIGA.net published on Friday, January 5.
He noted that Russia is still trying to increase production. The more than 900 missiles that the Russians currently have are based on the production that the enemy is trying to increase, Yusov said. However, this number does not include S-300 and S-400 missiles.
As for this type of missile, according to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian occupiers have more than 10,000 anti-aircraft missiles for the S-400, as well as significant stocks for the S-300 systems.
"In general, the stockpile is much smaller than at the beginning of the great invasion, but it is still there. This is a serious threat and test for Ukrainian air and missile defense systems and its forces," the DIU representative said.
At the same time, he clarified that Moscow is accumulating large stockpiles of missile weapons not only for use in the war in Ukraine but also to maintain its status as a "military superpower."
Russia needs to show that it is capable of conducting effective actions in other areas as well, according to the DIU. However, the number of missiles the Russians have is known not only to the Ukrainian side but also to our Western allies.
"If they have about 200 Kalibr missiles left, then this information is known to many in the world," Yusov summarized.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- During the missile attack on Kyiv on January 2, Russia used the X-101 cruise missile, which was manufactured in October-December 2023. This fact shows that the long pause in massive missile attacks was due to the Russians' intention to accumulate more missiles for a larger-scale attack.
- The White House has informed that Russia has received ballistic missiles from North Korea in circumvention of international sanctions and is using them in the war against Ukraine. During the recent attacks on our country, Moscow used, among other things, North Korean ballistic missiles.
- Meanwhile, Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat could not confirm Russia's possible use of missiles from the DPRK. According to him, we should wait for the results of the examinations.