Russian missile barrage across Ukraine has ‘slowed down,’ Pentagon says


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A medical worker runs past a burning car after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. The Russian missiles that rained down Monday on cities across Ukraine, bringing fear and destruction to areas that had seen months of relative calm, are an escalation in Moscow’s war against its neighbor. But military analysts say it’s far from clear whether the strikes mark a turning point in a war that has killed thousands of Ukrainians and sent millions fleeing from their homes. (AP Photo/Roman Hrytsyna)

Russian missile barrage across Ukraine has ‘slowed down,’ Pentagon says

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Russia’s pummeling of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure has “slowed down” since the start of November, a senior U.S. military official said on Monday.

Last month, Russia engaged in a consistent campaign of bombarding the Ukrainian electrical grid, which its leaders argued were legitimate military targets, even as civilians were killed, injured, or put in danger.


“Broadly speaking, what I would say is missile strikes writ large, missile strikes and drone strikes have slowed down a bit since the end of October,” the official told reporters under the condition of anonymity. ”However, we do continue to see the Russians strike at civilian infrastructure, doing damage to, not surprisingly, again, but we’ve seen things like the electrical grid as Ukraine heads into the winter.“

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned a week ago that Russia could renew its frequent attacks against the electrical grid if Russia is able to acquire additional weapons from Iran.

“We also understand that the terrorist state is concentrating forces and means for a possible repetition of mass attacks on our infrastructure. First of all, energy. In particular, for this, Russia needs Iranian missiles,” he said, while the senior military official could not provide an update on the previously disclosed reports that indicated Iran could provide missiles to Russia, in addition to the drones they already have provided to the Russians, which have been used during last month’s bombardment.

The official said the Pentagon “remains concerned” about such a possibility becoming a reality.


The official did not attempt to explain why Russia’s air attacks had decreased this month, though they mentioned that Russia’s “munitions stockpiles are challenged, particularly when it comes to precision-guided munitions.” The United States has “no reason to think that Russia is going to let up on its attacks any time soon.”

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