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Russia stockpiled Kalibr missiles and can use them soon: Ukrainian intel chief

Russia stockpiled Kalibr missiles and can use them soon: Ukrainian intel chief Photo: The head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense Kyrylo Budanov (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

The Russian fleet has been amassing Kalibr cruise missiles. It's likely that the adversary could use them to strike Ukraine, according to Kyrylo Budanov, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense.

"Kalibr missiles have been accumulating throughout this period. They are fully ready for use," stated the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate.

According to him, Russia has decided to use the Kh-101 cruise missiles instead of Kalibrs as they are more effective.

"In the near future, I think we will see Kalibr missiles again because the quantity of Kh-101 has significantly decreased... There are regulatory acts, documents, decisions, etc. The first task is to replenish the fleet's missile stock, as it was significantly depleted at that time. This task they have completed. So, now they are technically ready for their use. While the fleet was accumulating its missiles, the Russian Aerospace Forces used the Kh-101," said Budanov.

It is worth adding that last year the Russians actively used the sea-based cruise missiles Kalibr to strike at Ukraine's energy sector. This year, the enemy almost did not use this type of missile.

Night attack

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that Russians launched 14 cruise missiles from strategic aviation, a ballistic missile Iskander, and another Kh-59 missile at night. Air defense forces shot down nine Kh-101/X-555 missiles and nine Shahed drones.

In the Odesa region, a power facility caught fire due to falling debris from a downed drone. Power outages occurred in Odesa and the Odesa region, with water supply problems in parts of the city.

In the Lviv region, a critical infrastructure object was attacked. A man was killed as a result of the attack.

For more details on the aftermath of the night attack, check out the material from RBC-Ukraine.