In a recent short analysis, Ribar wrote: In the night Ukrainian forces attempted to launch another attack on Crimea, During which it attempted to fly inside the occupied peninsula with 35 drones.
According to the Russian Analysis House The planes were intercepted, without exception, by Russian air defenseLargely with the help of electronic warfare systems.
“They were all shot down, but their real purpose was to scout Russian air defense sites, so we can expect Ukrainian missile launches in the near future.”
The explanation otherwise makes sense: Some Russian air defense systems are using missiles to repel Ukrainian drones threatening Crimea, and based on where the missiles were launched, the Ukrainians (and the British and American intelligence that helps them) can pinpoint their exact location. Location of air defense missile complexes. If Russian operators operating the systems are not fast enough to reposition the weapons, long-range missiles that are difficult to intercept could actually target them. The Ukrainian army uses British-made Storm Shadow missiles against the Crimean Peninsula with relatively high efficiency.
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