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Ukraine. Mykhailo Podolak: Russia has no military objectives in Ukraine. He wants to kill as many civilians as possible

Mykhailo Podolak, an adviser to Ukraine’s president, said on Twitter on Sunday that Russia no longer has any military targets in Ukraine, it just wants to “kill as many civilians as possible”. Commenting on the massive Russian bombing on New Year’s Eve, Podolak estimated that “there is yet another change in war strategy”. According to the representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Vadim Skibiki, Russia “has begun to change and diversify its bombing methods.”

Intense bombardment of major city centers Ukraine The night of December 31 to January 1 testifies to another change in war strategy. Russia There are no longer any military targets. “He wants to kill as many civilians as possible and destroy as many civilian objects as possible,” Mykhailo Podolac wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

On Saturday, the last day of 2022, Russian forces attacked several Ukrainian cities with missiles, including Kyiv, Kramatorsk, Zaporozhye, Mykolaiv and Khmelnitsky. Explosions were also heard in the liberated city of Kherson.

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Change shooting tactics

In an appearance on Ukrainian television Sunday, the representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Vadym Skibiki, said Russia “has begun to change and diversify its bombing methods.” He also declared that Ukraine was “doing everything possible to prevent the further production of weapons on Russian soil.”

Skibiki explained that the Russian forces use Iranian drones, old missiles, converted S-300 missiles, and accurate ballistic missiles during the bombing in various configurations. At the same time, the Russians feel a shortage of missile artillery systems: Smerch and Uragan, as well as 122-mm and 152-mm missiles, – he added.

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Military intelligence is constantly recording Russia’s efforts to obtain these missiles from other countries. Bring a large number of Russians from Belarus. Skibiki said they are very active in other countries in order to replenish their stocks.

Smoke over Kyiv after the Russian bombing Reuters

Kyiv collects data

Skibiki also said that Kyiv is also monitoring “the impact of economic sanctions on the Russian Federation” and that the Russians are “trying to circumvent the sanctions, importing spare parts, although it is not so easy to do so”. He emphasized that Kyiv collects data on such actions by Russia and shares it with Ukraine’s partners. He also referred to “further efforts to prevent the production of weapons on Russian soil.” However, he admitted that the country continued to produce missiles, albeit to a lesser extent.

– We found fragments of missiles produced in the fourth quarter of 2022. This means that they were manufactured and immediately delivered to the army to fire on our facilities, said a representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence, expressing his belief that Russia could carry out at most two or three large-scale attacks accurate missiles.

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