Russia is running out of missiles, but current stockpiles allow Moscow to conduct more strikes against Ukraine. The head of the Kiev intelligence directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, said that Russia has enough missiles for several raids against Ukraine, however specifying on Telegram that “the stockpile of high-precision weapons in the Russian Federation is already being exhaustion. They have long since reached the critical minimum. However, as we can see, they decided to go all the way, i.e. to zero. Which, in principle, is very bad for the Russian Federation itself and the military is aware of this problem”.
“Russia continues to build missiles – added Budanov – but the production is tiny compared to the amount they use and limited to only a few types of high-precision weapons”.
The New York Times writes that some of the cruise missiles used by Russia in its attacks on Ukraine were produced no earlier than October. The newspaper Conflict Armament Research (CAR), an independent British analyst group that tracks illegal weapons in conflicts.
The fact that Russia has continued to produce advanced guided missiles, such as the Kh-101 air-launched cruise missile, writes the American newspaper, “suggests that it has found ways to acquire semiconductors and other materials despite the sanctions or that it had significant stockpiles of components before the war began”.
Meanwhile, according to Western sources, Russia ran out of stocks of Iranian drones 2-3 weeks ago. The journalist Dan Sabbagh writes it on Twitter, relaunched by the Guardian. Moscow would like new supplies, but for now there are no signs that this is happening while military relations between the two countries are still under negotiation, continues the journalist.