Kiev/Moscow, Sep 26 (EFE).- Ukraine announced Tuesday that the first objective of its daily drone and rocket attacks against Russia is to undermine the ability of its defense industry to produce missiles and reduce the enemy’s air superiority. At the same time, its troops push on the battlefield.
“Drone attacks on the territory of the aggressor state are primarily directed against the missile factories of the Russian military industry,” said the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR), General Kirilo Budanov.
According to the military officer, the priority targets are missile component factories, primarily in the European part of Russia and within range of Ukrainian drones and rockets.
Drones, a weapon against superiority
This Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that anti-aircraft defense systems shot down five Ukrainian drones last night over the territory of the Kursk region, bordering the Ukrainian province of Sumi, the target of attacks in recent days.
The Ukrainian military is also betting on drones to cope with Russian superiority in heavy weaponry.
Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, Mikhail Fyodorov, posted on Telegram images captured by a domestically produced “secret drone” as it attacked two tanks and a self-propelled gun.
“Ukrainian secret drone in action: the Russians lose $7 million worth of weaponry in one afternoon. The operators of the drone army raised hell for the occupants,” wrote on the social network Fyodorov, who added that only after the war some characteristics of the device will be made public.
New wave of Russian attacks on infrastructure
On the other hand, Russia attacked with drones Ukranian infraestructure.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, 38 Shahed drones were used, 26 of which were shot down by air defense systems.
The greatest destruction was recorded in the Danube port of Izmail, where two drivers were wounded, and several warehouses and dozens of vehicles were damaged.
Ukraine and Russia exchange attacks
On the southern and eastern fronts, where the Ukrainian forces are concentrating their efforts, Russian troops repulsed at least nine attacks, according to the report given today by the Russian military spokesman, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that Russian troops have “considerably expanded the zone of control” on the Kupiansk front in northeastern Ukraine.
According to Shoigu, so far this month, Ukrainian forces have lost “over 17,000 soldiers, more than 2,700 heavy weapons and war equipment.”
The minister offered this information at a meeting with the senior staff of his portfolio, where a large screen showed the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Viktor Sokolov, who was presumed dead by Ukraine in an attack by the Ukrainian army last Friday in the port of Sevastopol.
The Ukrainian Special Operations Forces indicated today that they will review the information’s veracity after disseminating images of Sokolov allegedly alive.
Russia downplays arms supplies to Kyiv
Moscow, meanwhile, downplayed the arrival in Ukraine of the first US M1 Abrams tanks, as well as the upcoming delivery to Kyiv of long-range missiles.