Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Ukraine Repels Russian Attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts; Ukrainian Drones Threaten Russia But Production Scarcity is an Issue; 10 out of 15 Shahed-Drones Shot Down Over Three Oblasts Overnight; Casualties Reported in Large-Scale Fire Incident in Occupied Crimea, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

Ukraine repels Russian attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, enemy suffers losses in friendly fire incidents:
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on recent frontline developments on Facebook on Dec. 10.
  • During the past day, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled attacks by enemy troops in the areas of Ploshchanka, Nevske, Bilohorivka in Luhansk Oblast and Yakovlivka, Bakhmutske, Pidhorodne, Bakhmut, Opytne, Kurdyumivka, Druzhba, Nevelske, Pobieda, and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast. 
  • During the day, the enemy launched five missile attacks and about 20 air strikes, as well as mounted over 60 attacks from multiple rocket launchers. 
  • Enemy missile strikes on the Ukrainian power grids and critical infrastructure are still possible across the entire territory of Ukraine. 
  • The Volyn and Polissya sectors see no significant change in the situation; there are no signs that thof the formation of offensive groups by the enemy.
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Ukrainian drones threaten Russia but production scarcity is an issue:
Ukraine may have a chance to reshape this war — if it can solve its wartime production challenges.
Earlier this week, two airbases deep inside Russia were struck by explosions. Several Russian strategic bombers were damaged.
While Ukraine has not claimed responsibility, most observers and analysts agree that these were most likely attacks carried out by Ukrainian drones — something that was confirmed to several publications by anonymous sources in the Ukrainian government.
If so, it demonstrates that Ukraine has succeeded at making long-range weapons that can reach hundreds of kilometers into Russian territory and that Russia’s air defense cannot reliably stop them.
If these attacks can be scaled up and repeated, Ukraine can inflict very costly damage on Russia’s strategic targets, while taxing its insufficient defenses to their limits. That would force Moscow to rethink how it fights its war and make its attempt at conquest even harder.
It can also possibly snipe Russian planes and missiles before they’re used against Ukraine.
"If (Russians) have to wake up in the middle of the night because they heard explosions, that's going to be a different type of war," said Samuel Bendett, an adviser with think tank CNA.
But multiple obstacles are likely to limit how many long-range weapons Ukraine can manufacture and use, military experts believe. --->READ MORE HERE
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