Dysfunction of Russia’s long-range strike capability is profound – UK

LONDON, UK — Britain’s Ministry of Defense has released intelligence from January 17th about the war in Ukraine. In its report, the intelligence said that the dysfunction of Russia’s long-range strike capability is more profound.

Russian Tu-22 fired an anti-ship missile at a residential building
Photo credit: Weapons parade

The conclusion comes after Russian missile strikes on January 14. BulgarianMilitary.com was one of the first to announce, citing local sources in Ukraine as well as Russian intelligence, that a Kh-22 missile fired from a Tu-22M3 medium bomber destroyed the shelter building in Dnipro. This information is now being confirmed by British intelligence. Earlier the same information was confirmed by German media as well.

Who says what?

British intelligence said in its report that “Russia falsely implied that a Ukrainian air defense missile was responsible” for the destroyed building. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls, however, that initially, Ukraine claimed this. A Ukrainian air defense missile intercepted a Kh-22, as a result of which debris and a charge fell on the residential building. This statement came from Mr. Oleksiy Arestovych, senior advisor to Ukrainian President Mr. Volodymyr Zelenskyi. Moscow took advantage of this statement to push his propaganda thesis.

As BulgarianMilitary.com already wrote, British intelligence confirmed that the anti-ship missile is inaccurate in urban conditions. If you want to know why read this analysis of ours. It details why the missile’s guidance and radar are not suitable for residential buildings.

The Ministry of Defense recalls in its report that Russia has not used such weapons for the first time. It cited the strike at the Kremenchuk shopping center on June 27, 2022. Intelligence also says there have been other strikes against civilian casualties with this type of missile since the start of the war.

Dynamically identify targets

The published intelligence report believes that such attacks from the Russian side are intended to “dynamically identify targets and to access a rapid and accurate battle damage assessment.” It is for this reason that the Russian military launches missile attacks that are not designed for urban environments but will result in many casualties.

Again, BulgarianMilitary.com published its analysis immediately after the January 14 attack. In it, we argue that precisely the use of an anti-ship missile in an urban environment is a deliberate act, not an accident or a mistake.

What Russia dropped on the apartment building in Dnipro is a 1,000 kg charge. Although the Kh-22 can carry a thermonuclear warhead, the warhead used on January 14 was conventional. Her type is RDX. This means an explosion created by the detonation of a hexogen high explosive charge.


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