Russia has enough weaponry to keep the Ukraine war going for another two years – even without support from another nation, Lithuania‘s military intelligence service said yesterday.
‘Russia had been accumulating weapons and equipment over the long years of the Cold War,’ military intelligence chief Elegijus Paulavicius said and added: ‘We estimate that (its) resources would last for another two years of a war of the same intensity as today.’
Russia has a large amount of weaponry stored in its reserves, which would allow them to ’cause enormous damage and increase the costs of restoration,’ he said.
Mr Paulavicius noted that the assessment depended on the perspective that no foreign country would provide military aid to Moscow.
However, Russia’s weaponry could last even longer than the estimated two years, as there have already been fears that China was supplying drones to Russia after the German magazine Der Spiegel reported in February that Russia was in talks with a Chinese manufacturer to buy 100 prototype ZT-180 drones, delivered by April.
Russia fired a huge wave of missiles across Ukraine on Thursday as people slept, killing at least nine civilians and knocking out power in an attack Kyiv said included six Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles, one of Moscow’s most valuable weapons.
The mass strikes on targets far from the front were the first such wave since mid-February and shattered the longest calm since Moscow began an air campaign against Ukraine‘s civil infrastructure five months ago.
The occupiers can only terrorise civilians. That’s all they can do. But it won’t help them. They won’t avoid responsibility for everything they have done,’ said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, describing strikes that hit infrastructure and residential buildings in ten regions.
Russia’s defence ministry said it had carried out a ‘massive retaliatory strike’ as payback for a cross-border raid last week.
It claimed to have hit all its intended targets, destroying drone bases, disrupting railways and damaging facilities that make and repair arms.