Illustrative photo – Missiles fired by Russia over Kharkiv, Ukraine, on February 8, 2023.
Kyiv – Over the past day, Ukraine has faced 106 Russian guided missiles and almost 60 other air attacks by the enemy, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army said this morning. According to his report, most of the missiles and used drones were destroyed by the Ukrainian air defense. At the same time, the Russians continued offensive operations in eastern Ukraine, which it claims has repelled seven attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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Friday brought the latest wave of Russian bombing of Ukrainian infrastructure that has accompanied the last months of the nearly year-long war. The Ukrainian authorities did not report any casualties, but the Minister of Energy, Herman Halushchenko, nevertheless reported on the impact of energy facilities in six regions.
“Over the past 24 hours, the enemy has sent 106 (guided) missiles, including at civilian infrastructure,” said the General Staff, according to which defenders neutralized 61 missiles. In addition, reports speak of 59 airstrikes and more than 90 rocket launcher attacks. In 28 cases, the Russians allegedly used Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones, of which 22 were shot down.
The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote in the latest article on the development of the war that Russian military commentators after Friday's bombing came up with claims of energy infrastructure strikes in more than a dozen Ukrainian regions. “Russian claims about the effectiveness of the strikes are exaggerated compared to official Ukrainian claims, and Russian forces continue to use their already limited stockpile of precision-guided missiles on these strikes,” ISW experts say. east of Ukraine, where a large-scale Russian offensive is expected in the coming weeks. Attacks reportedly continue near the towns of Svatove and Kreminna in the Luhansk region, as well as in several places in the Donetsk region, including Bakhmut, for which fierce fighting continues. According to ISW, the latest subject of controversy in the “Russian information space” is the footage of the failed attack on the village of Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk, where the Russians suffered heavy losses according to Western observers.
“The footage shows how these Russian forces used highly dysfunctional tactics ,” writes ISW. According to him, the footage indicates that the attack force was “probably composed of poorly trained mobilized personnel” rather than poor command.