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Shahed reserves in Russia: Ukrainian Air Force evaluates based on strike intensity

Shahed reserves in Russia: Ukrainian Air Force evaluates based on strike intensity Photo: Yurii Ihnat, spokesman of the Air Force of Ukraine (

The indicator of Shahed reserves in Russia is the intensity of strike missions. Dosaged supplies from Iran are ongoing, reports the spokesperson of the Air Force, Yurii Ihnat, in a televised marathon.

The intensity of strikes is an indicator of reserves

"The intensity of strikes is the indicator of their reserves," said Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for the Air Force, discussing the Shahed drones. He added, "If drones are used more, it means they have more in stock. They manufacture them domestically and continue to receive them from Iran. Dosaged supplies are constant, and the enemy utilizes them."

According to Ihnat, the enemy recently deployed a record number of Shahed drones - 75 units, flying towards the capital. It is likely that the enemy will use more drones and fewer missiles.

"We see that the enemy almost doesn't use cruise missiles. The only case was in December when they launched 19 air-launched missiles, and the Defense Forces shot down 14 of them," explained the Air Force spokesperson.

Is the nomenclature of Shahed drones expanding?

"In this spectrum (Shahed 136/131), they remain the same. From the debris, it's evident that there are practically no changes. The only thing is that they paint them black and maybe some minor modifications in terms of fuselage manufacturing to make them less noticeable on radar," Ihnat mentioned.

In some instances, the enemy uses self-made drones produced through a "garage" method, mimicking the appearance of Shahed drones.

The attack on Ukraine on the night of December 17

On the night of December 17, Russian terrorists attacked Ukraine with:

  • An Iskander-K missile
  • An aviation missile X-59
  • 20 Shahed-type strike drones.

These were launched from the Crimea and the temporarily occupied part of the Kherson region, with the drones originating from Primorsko-Akhtarsk and the Crimean Chauda.

Zenith missile units and mobile firing groups were deployed to repel the attack, resulting in the destruction of 20 Shahed drones and one guided aviation missile X-59. The Iskander-K missile did not reach its target.