Russia escalating attacks to cripple Ukraine's power system — UK Intel

A fragment of a Russian rocket that fell in Kyiv Oblast during the attack on December 8
A fragment of a Russian rocket that fell in Kyiv Oblast during the attack on December 8

Russia’s missile attack on Dec. 8 was likely the beginning of a campaign aimed at destroying Ukraine's energy infrastructure, reads the latest report by the British intelligence.

Russia launched a powerful wave of strikes on Kyiv and central Ukraine on the night of Dec. 7, using heavy bombers for the first time since Sept. 21.

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Russian aircraft, most likely Tu-95s, launched at least 16 air-launched cruise missiles from a  launch area over the Caspian Sea. The missiles were likely AS-23a KODIAK missiles (NATO designation for X-101 and X-102 missiles).

Russia has almost certainly been stockpiling these missiles for use in the winter campaign.

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"This was probably the start of a more concerted campaign by Russia aimed at degrading Ukraine’s energy infrastructure," the British review said.

"Despite at least one civilian reported killed, the damage currently appears to have been minimal.”

Air defense shot down all missiles aimed at Kyiv before they could hit the capital. In total, 14 of the 19 cruise missiles were destroyed.

One person was killed as a result of the Russian attack in the Pavlohrad district of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

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