Ukraine says Russia turns to decoy missiles, intel balloons

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Russia has switched its aerial strike tactics to fool Ukraine's air defenses, using decoy missiles without explosive warheads and deploying balloons, a senior Ukrainian official said Thursday.

“The Russians are definitely changing tactics” as the war approaches its one-year anniversary, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

In the AP interview, Podolyak also renewed Ukraine's appeals for long-range missiles that would enable it to strike Russian troop concentrations far behind the front lines, and also stressed that “we just don't have enough shells.” But nearly a year into the Russian invasion, the human, economic and diplomatic costs are proving huge for Moscow. Its military difficulties include a growing shortage of missiles, Ukrainian and Western officials say. It has fired wave upon wave of missiles and killer drones at Ukraine since October, in a sustained and targeted effort to take out power supplies and other essential infrastructure over the winter.

Ukraine's Western allies have progressively boosted the country's air defenses in response to Russia's expanded bombardments of the power grid and other targets. The sophisticated Western-supplied systems have helped deny air superiority to Russia's much larger air force and blunted its missile and drone attacks.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said the Russian balloons carried reflectors to mislead air defenses, and indicate that Moscow is “starting to use other methods.” Russia's new use of balloons in Ukraine comes after the Biden administration shot down a China balloon, saying it was equipped to detect and collect intelligence signals.

 

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Baffle em with bullshit eh?

The Chinese got Americans to shoot fake balloons. The Ukrainians are using American missiles. Call it Russian intelligence.

I wish Zelenskyy and Ukraine would fuck off.

Why no 24 hour 'live' battlefield coverage?

Are these the same missiles Russia ran out of in January?

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