The 96-missile barrage fired across Ukraine on 15 November was Russia’s biggest aerial attack of the war so far. But it followed months of assertions by Western and Ukrainian officials that Moscow’s stockpile of missiles and other weapons was rapidly dwindling. The widespread attack raises questions about how much Russia’s arsenal may be depleted and whether Moscow will endure by finding alternative sources of weapons, The New York Times argues.
- In late October, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov claimed that Russia had burned through nearly 70% of its prewar cache of Iskander, Kalibr, and air-launched cruise missiles – the kinds of missiles largely used in the November 15 attack, with 609 of those missiles left, according to him.
- The British Defense Ministry’s October 16 intelligence update suggested that a Russian large-scale attack on October 10 represented further degradation of Russia’s long-range missile stocks likely constraining Russia’s “ability to strike the volume of targets they desire in future.”
- In May, US national security spokesman John F. Kirby suggested that Moscow was low on precision-guided missiles, having run through its supply “at a pretty fast clip.”
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