"We want to take them out of their comfort zone." Budanov names three main goals of drone strikes in Russia and Crimea

Budanov said that Ukraine has three main goals for strikes against the occupiers in the Russian Federation and Crimea

The head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, named three main goals of Ukraine during kamikaze drone strikes against the Russian occupiers. According to him, these are the destruction of air defense systems, aviation and damage to the military production facilities of the aggressor country.

The head of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine said this in an interview with The Economist published on Monday, September 18. He emphasized that Ukraine wants to get the enemy out of its comfort zone.

Budanov clarified that the three goals of the new massive campaign of UAV strikes against Russia are to deplete the Russian air defense system, disable transport and bomber aircraft, and damage Russia's military production facilities.

In addition, there is a psychological purpose to these attacks. The point is that the shelling should cause anxiety among the population and disrupt normal economic processes within Russia. For example, the closure of major airports in St. Petersburg and Moscow has become a regular occurrence.

"Drones will definitely facilitate operations to liberate our territories. Drones are not afraid, they are not a pity to lose," he added.

Earlier, Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate, said that the agency had long ago identified a list of Russian strategic facilities to be destroyed. Strikes on the territory of Russia take place in cities responsible for the supply and manufacture of missiles and drones.

He noted that our defenders are methodically working on this task, and there are many such targets in Russia. In the intelligence calculations, they are all numbered and identified in a hierarchy.

Earlier, Russia acknowledged the damage to three Tu-22M3 strategic bombers at the Dyagilevo (air base) during a drone attack at the end of last year. On December 5, 2022, a Soviet-made Ukrainian Tu-141 Strizh drone struck an airfield in the Ryazan region, causing extensive damage.

And on August 30, Russia faced the most powerful UAV attack on military targets. Explosions were reported in several regions of the Russian Federation, as well as in Russian-occupied Sevastopol. In particular, several Il-76s were destroyed and damaged in a night attack on Pskov. Later, pictures of destroyed and damaged aircraft at the Pskov airfield were posted online.

On the night of September 14, the SBU military counterintelligence and the Ukrainian Navy conducted a unique special operation in the temporarily occupied Yevpatoriya in Crimea. The operation resulted in the destruction of the Russian Triumph air defense system worth $1.2 billion. THE RUSSIAN AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM "TRIUMPH" WAS DESTROYED.

In total, since the beginning of 2023, the territory of the aggressor country Russia and the temporarily occupied Crimea has been attacked by drones at least 190 times. The most frequent explosions occurred in the Bryansk, Belgorod, and Kursk regions of the Russian Federation, as well as on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, military expert Oleksiy Melnyk believes that the attacks on Moscow have two goals - moral pressure on the population of the occupying country and a purely military one. The latter is not only to destroy the collective organs of the regime, but also to draw the enemy's air defense assets away from the Ukrainian front.

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