Ukraine. Mykhailo Podolak: Russia has no military goals in Ukraine. He wants to kill as many civilians as possible
Russia no longer has any military objectives in Ukraine, it just wants to “kill as many civilians as possible,” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said in a Twitter post on Sunday. Commenting on the massive Russian shelling on New Year’s Eve, Podolak assessed that “there has been another change in the strategy of the war.” According to a representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence, Vadym Skibicki, Russia “began to change and diversify the tactics of shelling.”
“Massive shelling of the centers of large cities Ukraine on the night of December 31 to January 1 testify to another change in war strategy. Russia there are no longer any military objectives. He wants to kill as many civilians as possible and destroy as many civilian objects as possible,” Mykhailo Podolak wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
On Saturday, the last day of 2022, Russian troops attacked several Ukrainian cities with missiles, including Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv and Khmelnitsky. The sounds of explosions were also heard in liberated Kherson.
Change of firing tactics
In a Sunday appearance on Ukrainian television, the representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence, Vadym Skibicki, said that Russia “began to change and diversify the tactics of shelling.” He also announced that Ukraine “does everything possible to prevent an increase in the production of weapons on Russian territory.”
Skibicki explained that the Russian troops use Iranian drones, old-style missiles, converted S-300 rockets and precision ballistic missiles during shelling in various configurations. At the same time, the Russians feel a deficit of rocket artillery systems: Smerch and Uragan, as well as 122 mm and 152 mm caliber missiles – he added.
– Military intelligence is constantly recording the efforts of Russia to obtain these missiles from other countries. A large number of Russians brought from Belarus. They are very active in other countries in order to replenish their stocks – said Skibicki.
Kyiv collects data
Skibicki also said that Kyiv is also observing “the impact of economic sanctions on the Russian Federation” and that the Russians “try to circumvent the sanctions, import spare parts, although doing so is not so easy.” He assured that Kyiv collects data on such actions by Russia and shares them with Ukraine’s partners. He also mentioned “other efforts to prevent the production of armaments on Russian territory.” However, he admitted that the country continued to produce missiles, albeit to a lesser extent.
– We find fragments of rockets produced in the fourth quarter of 2022. This means that they are manufactured and immediately handed over to the army to fire at our facilities, said a representative of Ukrainian military intelligence, expressing the belief that Russia could carry out at most two or three large-scale attacks with the use of precision missiles.
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