Russia Launches Missile Barrage from air and sea according to (Bloomberg) as Kremlin troops launched a major cruise missile barrage early Thursday morning, hitting critical infrastructure facilities, Ukraine’s air defense said. It was the first major round of bombing in a week, but one of more than a dozen such attacks since early October. The missiles were launched from the air and sea; many were intercepted.
Russia is likely to continue suffering mounting casualties as it recruits more ill-equipped and ill-trained soldiers into the fight and intensifies attacks in eastern Ukraine, according to US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. “That’s their strength — they have a lot of people,” Austin told reporters after a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels.
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius signaled that Western allies are struggling to assemble two full battalions of Leopard 2 tanks to send to Ukraine as promised, with Germany and Portugal the only nations to pledge high-end A6 models. “We will not reach the size of a battalion,” he said.
Ukraine downed 16 of 36 Russian cruise missiles fired overnight, said commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram. The missiles were fired from strategic bombers near Kursk and the Caspian Sea in Russia, as well as from fighter jets near the Russia-occupied Ukrainian city Melitopol, and from ships in the Black Sea.
Missiles struck the north and west of the country, as well as in Dnipropetrovsk and Kyrovohrad regions, said chief of Ukrainian presidential office Andriy Yermak.
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