Ukrainian Air Force Colonel Yuriy Ihnat said Russia likely has around 870 missiles, which include a variety of Kinzhal, Kalibr and Iskander units.

During last year’s winter attack on Ukrainian infrastructure, Russia launched more than 1,100 cruise missiles and a similar number of Shahed kamikaze drones at Ukraine.

“During six months of attacks on the energy industry (from Sept. 9 to March 12), we shot down 750 cruise missiles and about 1,100 were launched... the same number of drones were launched – more than 1,000 and up to 750 were destroyed,” Ihnat told  RBC Ukraine.

Earlier, Ukraine’s Southern Military Command estimated there were about 800 Russian missiles in Crimea.

Ihnat said that while Russia’s goal to destroy Ukraine remains unchanged, its relatively fewer attacks against Ukrainian energy infrastructure as compared to last winter is likely due to a lack of resources.

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“If they have not yet launched such strikes, they can do so on any other day. But they don't have as many resources as last year,” he said.

However, the largest air strike on Ukraine’s capital ever came this winter on Nov. 25, when Kyiv downed 74 out of 75 drones deployed by Russia.

He added that Shahed drones have taken a more active role in Russia’s invasion and remained a risk for Ukraine.

“Now the situation with the Russians is different – they have the opportunity to both produce and receive more drones from Iran,” he said.

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"870"

This assertion is simply absurd on several fronts.

Firstly, it probably originated from the illustrious "British Intelligence," the same folks who seem to believe Russia faces a perpetual crisis, running out of everything from missiles to toilet paper on a monthly basis throughout the entire war. I mean, who needs accurate information when you can have sensational predictions, right?

And let's not overlook the sheer scale of the Russian war machine – a consistently expanding force of war-fighting material. It's as if they have a "well-oiled" assembly line for military might that operates around the clock. Honestly, every day feels like a surprise; we have no clue about the extent of their production, but it certainly appears to be substantial. So, hats off to whoever concocted this masterpiece of misinformation. It's almost as believable as the notion that Russia struggles to find a roll of toilet paper. Almost.

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