Russia’s latest missile attack on Ukraine reflects change in approach – UK Intelligence

29 APRIL 2023

Russia’s latest massive missile attack against Ukraine may indicate a change in Russia’s approach to missile attacks compared to last winter. 

Source: European PravdaUK Defence Intelligence review on 29 April 

Details: UK Defence Intelligence notes that the attack on 28 April was the first massive strike by the Russian Federation since the beginning of March. 

Quote: “The attacks suggest a departure in Russia’s use of long-range strikes. The wave involved fewer missiles than those over the winter and was unlikely to have been targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. There is a realistic possibility that Russia was attempting to intercept Ukrainian reserve units and military supplies recently provided to Ukraine,” intelligence analysts note. 

They add that Russia is clearly ineffective at identifying targets and is putting potential military gains ahead of possible collateral damage, such as civilian deaths. 

Background: Russia launched a new attack on Ukraine on the morning of 28 April, firing 23 cruise missiles from strategic aircraft. Ukrainian Air Defence destroyed 21 missiles, and two missiles hit the city of Uman in Cherkasy Oblast. More than 20 people, including four children, were killed in a section of a residential building destroyed by a missile, and emergency workers are continuing to clear the rubble.

In Dnipro, a woman and a three-year-old child were killed as a result of a Russian attack. One child was injured, and several apartments have been damaged due to the fall of missile debris on a multi-storey residential building in the city of Ukrainka in Kyiv Oblast.

After the night attack by the Russian Federation, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for strengthening global sanctions against Russia. 

Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister, called these missile attacks by Russia further proof of the need to arm Ukraine with F-16s

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9 comments

  1. “There is a realistic possibility that Russia was attempting to intercept Ukrainian reserve units and military supplies recently provided to Ukraine,”

    Yes, that is a possibility. However, the crime syndicate can’t help it to keep on destroying apartment buildings, schools and hospitals. They are much easier to find and to hit.

  2. “There is a realistic possibility that Russia was attempting to intercept Ukrainian reserve units and military supplies recently provided to Ukraine,”

    There is also a realistic possibility that russia are continuing to do what russia do best, and that is attack those that can’t fight back.

  3. “Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Minister, called these missile attacks by Russia further proof of the need to arm Ukraine with F-16s.”

    Enough is enough. Biden is even getting pressure from his own party to do what is needed :

    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3978321-these-democrats-are-leading-the-call-for-biden-to-send-jets-to-ukraine/

    It’s the least he can do really. Consider the most evil serial killers In history: Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, the Yorkshire Ripper, Ted Bundy, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Ivan the Terrible, isis etc. Look at what they did. Then look at the putinazis. They are the same or worse.
    The horror can’t be allowed to continue for one minute more than necessary.

      • Said about a guy who allocates more money to Ukrainian defense than the Ukranians themselves do.

        In WWII, the US spent nearly 40% of GDP on defense. Prior to 2014 Ukraine spent what less that 2% (below NATO spending and similar to Germany/France) and since that time what 3-4%? Now it’s like 20%.

        But yeah I get your point. People are dying and Biden should pay to make it stop or your insults won’t stop.

        Why is there only criticism of Biden’s budgetary decisions and none of Zelensky’s and other Ukrainian leaders?

        • Because Ukraine is already spending more on defense than it could theoretically afford.
          I think that your question is not a very intelligent one. The country is being systematically destroyed. It is a poor country in the first place. It must repair the power systems, hospitals, schools, bridges, roads … everything mafia land has or is destroying, and there are so many other aspects to consider, and you are questioning Kyiv’s budgetary arrangements. To reiterate; you’re criticizing the way Kyiv is running a country that is not only one of Europe’s poorest but is fighting off one of the planet’s most powerful military. Maybe you could post some statistics about the budget decisions in the US compared to Ukraine to show your point.
          Biden could massively increase military help while hardly straining our budget. We have more material in storage than most nations have active in their arsenals, including a wide variety of planes and helicopters. Storing all this stuff also costs money. What about all that?

  4. I think Muscovites have their masterpiece in terms of cynicism:

    (Information by Ukrainska Pravda)
    “Ukrainian militants again shelled the territory of Donbas tonight,” Russian propagandists claim (Russia 1 TV), showing footage of a house in Uman where a Russian missile destroyed the entrance.

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