This Sunday three drones reached an aircraft factory in the Smolensk region, in western Russia, where Kh-59 missileswhich would have interrupted the production process, Ukrainian military intelligence (GUR) said in a statement this Monday.
“According to confirmed information, three of the four drones (launched in the attack) reached their targets, causing damage to the production facilities of the military industry of the aggressor state,” reads a statement published by the GUR on his Telegram channel.
Ukrainian intelligence indicated that The modified missiles produced in that factory reach a distance of 280 kilometers and are some of the most used by Russian forces against civil and military targets in Ukraine. “The regions of Chernihiv, Sumi, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson are the ones that suffer the most from the use of this weaponry,” concludes the GUR note.
The head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kh-59, said in a recent interview that the Russian military industry – and in particular facilities where missiles are produced – are a priority target of Ukrainian drone attacks inside the Russian Federation.
Damaged artillery systems
In addition, Ukrainian forces destroyed a record number of 48 Russian artillery systems in the last 24 hours, according to data provided this Monday by the General Staff of the Ukrainian army. This brings the total number of Russian artillery pieces destroyed to 6,525, although the figures “are still being verified”according to the military report.
The record reflects the focus Ukraine has placed on reducing enemy firepower since the start of the counteroffensive last spring. The recorded number of pieces destroyed increased from 238 in April to 553 in May and slightly exceeded 700 per month during the summer. The largest number, 947, were allegedly destroyed in September, coinciding with the maintenance of the intensity of the counteroffensive, according to the Ukrainian General Staff.
According to the report, 16 Russian artillery pieces, a third of those destroyed in the last 24 hours, were hit by shots from the Ukrainian Army. Various types of unmanned devices are gaining prominence in actions against Russian artillery, the source specifies.
In the last seven days, a record number of artillery systems, 86 in total, were destroyed or damaged by the “Drone Army”, as stated by its creator, the Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation, Mijailo Fedorov, on his Telegram channel.
This number includes 69 towed and 17 self-propelled, successfully attacked by 18 units of the Ukrainian forces using drones belonging to that state drone project. The minister released a video as proof of these actions.
“More artillery damage means fewer shots are fired at our military positions and frontline cities,” said Fedorov, who thanked the soldiers for the “weekly records” at an “incredible pace.”