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russia is Likely Accumulating a "Significant Stockpile" of Missiles for Winter Strikes Against Ukraine - The UK Ministry of Defense

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Throughout the fall of 2022 and winter of 2023, Russia launched a series of mass missile and drone strikes against Ukraine's energy facilities / open source
Throughout the fall of 2022 and winter of 2023, Russia launched a series of mass missile and drone strikes against Ukraine's energy facilities / open source

According to a report from the U.K. Defense Ministry on September 16, russia is likely able to create “a significant stockpile” of air-launched cruise missiles to use against Ukraine's critical infrastructure this winter

The ministry's report is based on information from publicly available sources, which indicate a decrease in the usage of these missiles by russia's military since April. Simultaneously, russian authorities have emphasized their efforts to boost the production rate of cruise missiles.

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During the autumn of 2022 and the winter of 2023, russia conducted a series of extensive missile and drone attacks on Ukraine's energy facilities, resulting in casualties among civilians and widespread power outages.

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These attacks predominantly involved the use of air-launched cruise missiles, particularly the Kh-101 model, also known for its NATO reporting name AS-23a KODIAK, as detailed in the U.K. Defense Ministry's most recent intelligence update.

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