The longest pause since the beginning of the war: British intelligence points out a nuance in Russian strikes with X-101 missiles in Ukraine
Russian long-range bombers have not launched X-101 cruise missile strikes against Ukraine for more than a month. This is one of the longest breaks in such strikes since the beginning of the large-scale war.
The likely reason for this is that Russia needs to replenish its stockpile of these missiles. This is indicated by UK intelligence.
"Although Russia is still capable of using other strike capabilities, long-range missiles have been the primary method of delivering precision strikes in the face of confrontation," the report says.
The intelligence service added that the aggressor country almost certainly had to reduce the frequency of its strikes to replenish its dwindling stocks of X-101 cruise missiles.
"Russia is likely to use any newly manufactured long-range munitions to strike Ukraine's energy infrastructure in the winter," British intelligence officials believe.
They also assume that the Russian occupiers will complement any attack with drones developed in Iran, i.e., "Shaheds".
As a reminder, during missile attacks on the territory of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers set complex routes for their missiles to collect information about air defense. In particular, X-101 air-launched cruise missiles sometimes turn 180 degrees and, as a result, radically change their trajectory.
This type of missile is considered difficult for air defense, but Ukrainian defenders effectively destroy these enemy targets.