TechUkrainians raise alarm. Russia amasses over 800 missiles in Crimea

Ukrainians raise alarm. Russia amasses over 800 missiles in Crimea

"Iskander-M launch, illustrative photo"
"Iskander-M launch, illustrative photo"
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5:23 PM EST, November 16, 2023

Russia has reportedly amassed over 800 missiles in occupied Crimea, prompting alarm over potential attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure. Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian troops in the south, shared this development. According to the Ukrainian military intelligence data, Russia has established a formidable military hub on the peninsula.

"The concentration of 'Kalibr type' missiles is significant there. Also, 'Onyx type' missiles are being launched from the Crimean peninsula. It's evident that the enemy is massing potential," said the spokeswoman, as quoted by Crimea Realities, an editorial office of Radio Liberty.

Kalibr is a weapon system that comprises anti-ship cruise missiles, ground target-attacking cruise missiles, and torpedo rockets for destroying submarines. The P-800 Onyx, on the other hand, is a nearly 29.5-foot-long supersonic cruise missile capable of striking targets within a range of about 186 miles. Earlier reports suggested that the Russians were interested in boosting production and reserves of missiles for the Iskander-M, Iskander-K systems, and Kh47M2 Kinzhal missiles.

Vadem Skibitskiy, a representative of HUR, warns that Russians could significantly attack Ukrainian infrastructure in tandem with the energy network's increased load.

Besides missiles, Iran's Shahed drones could also potentially be used for similar purposes. Recent weeks have seen a decrease in attacks using them – a development that the Ukrainians believe signals a stockpiling attempt for the fall-winter season.

Despite these threats, Herman Haluschenko, Ukraine's Energy Minister, assures the country has adequate energy resources to brave the upcoming winter. However, there are concerns that an escalation in Russian attacks could disrupt supplies.

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