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Russia didn't attack Ukraine with Shaheds first time in a while: Reasons explained

Russia didn't attack Ukraine with Shaheds first time in a while: Reasons explained Natalia Humenyuk, spokesperson for the operational command South of the Ukrainian Defence Forces (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Tonight, on January 9, Russian forces refrained from attacking Ukraine's territory with Shahed kamikaze drones for the first time in a while. The worsening weather conditions were cited as one of the reasons for this pause. However, the enemy continues to terrorize Ukraine with missiles, airstrikes, and artillery, according to the spokesperson for the Southern Defense Forces, Natalia Humeniuk.

"We understand that the absence of drone attacks was, in a way, a result of the weather conditions as well. However, the enemy persists in shelling, and once again made its presence felt to the residents of Kherson and Antonivka last night," said Humeniuk.

According to her, there were fortunately no casualties among the civilian population.

Nevertheless, the enemy's priority remains shelling residential areas with indiscriminate or selective use of projectiles, essentially carpet-bombing them.

Russia continues to try to create maximum trouble for municipal services, especially in providing heating, gas, and electricity.

At the same time, the occupiers have reduced the activity of their tactical aviation. This is also a result of weather conditions and the combat efforts of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

Despite losing aircraft, the enemy occasionally resorts to using aviation in the operational zone of the Southern Operational Command.

"Recently, the enemy attempted to replicate bombing with guided air bombs on the right bank and unguided aviation missiles on the left bank, as their assault actions are generally unsuccessful, and they are losing both people and equipment there. This is why they tried to pressure us with aviation," the spokesperson explained.

At the same time, she added that during the past day of fighting, the enemy did not use aviation, but the assault actions have returned to the 10+ mark, with 12 assault actions recorded in the last day alone. Although the opponent barely used equipment, the Armed Forces managed to destroy two enemy tanks and two combat infantry fighting vehicles.

Latest Russian attack on Ukraine

On the morning of January 8, Russian attacked Ukraine, triggering an air raid alert. The Air Force reported the launch of MiG-31K. Explosions were heard in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and anti-aircraft defense systems were activated in Khmelnytskyi.

Kryvyi Rih faced a massive missile attack. In Kharkiv, the Russian Federation targeted industrial facilities. More details about the attack can be found in the RBC-Ukraine's coverage.

On the night of January 8, Russian forces attacked Ukraine with kamikaze drones. All 8 targets were destroyed by Ukraine's anti-aircraft defense systems. Specifically, 7 of them were in the sky over the Odesa region.