Selenskyj warns of attrition by Russia

Selenskyj warns of attrition by Russia

An the face of repeated drone attacks on Ukrainian cities in recent days, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warns against a war of attrition against Russia. The Russian side obviously wants to wear down the people of Ukraine and their defenders in the long run, said Zelenskyj in his daily video address on Monday evening. But even before the expected arrival of new “Kamikaze” drones, there was an air alert on the Russian-occupied Crimea peninsula: Ukrainian drones were sighted there over the strategically important port of Sevastopol and fired upon.

“We have information that Russia is planning a long-term attack by Shahed drones,” Zelensky said, referring to the mass deployment of Iranian-made flying robots. Russia wants to achieve attrition, “the exhaustion of our people, our air defense, our energy”. The Russian government wants to show its compatriots that everything is going according to plan. “But we must and will do everything we can to ensure that this goal of the terrorists fails like all the others.”

Air defense in Russian-occupied Crimea fends off drones

The Russian military uses so-called kamikaze drones on a large scale, which are equipped with explosives and at the end of their flight fall vertically on their target. The relatively slow and noisy drones are an easy target for anti-aircraft defenses, but their sheer numbers and constant close surveillance of the airspace pose a major challenge for Ukraine’s air defenses. Then there is the cost factor – a drone made from cheap parts has to be shot down with expensive weapon systems.

“Only two days have passed since the beginning of the year, and already the number of drones shot down over Ukraine has exceeded 80,” said Zelenskyy. The Russian military mainly uses the drones to damage the energy grid by attacking urban infrastructure.

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