Russia may not have enough missiles to continue conducting massive strikes against Ukraine for more than three months, an Estonian intelligence official said in the wake of the newest Russian onslaught against its eastern European neighbor.
Since October 2022, Russia has been carrying out waves of attacks against Ukraine, targeting civilian areas and critical infrastructure like energy facilities. The strikes began after the Kerch Strait Bridge, which connects Russia to the occupied Crimean peninsula, and is also a key supply route for Putin’s troops, was hit with an explosion in October. Ukraine did not formally claim responsibility for the explosion, but Putin blamed it on Ukraine, calling it an act of “terrorism,” and vowed to respond.
The latest wave of strikes took place on Thursday. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said in a Telegram post that Russia fired 55 air and sea-based missile from aircraft and ships stationed in the Black Sea. Ukraine was able to destroy 47 of the missiles, including 20 that were “in the region” of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Zaluzhnyi said.