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Russia changes tactics in its attack on Ukraine’s energy sector – FT

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Russian missiles are currently targeting power plants in selected regions to completely destroy them.

The Russian army has changed the tactics of attacking the energy infrastructure of Ukraine compared to the winter season of 2022-2023. The Financial Times writes about it.

Now the Russian military is using precision missiles to destroy power plants in less defended regions than Kyiv, which has one of the best air defense systems in Ukraine.

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So, from March 22 to 29, Russia rained on seven thermal power plants – all in other regions except Kyiv. Russian missiles also hit two hydroelectric power stations.

“Ukraine did not provide details on the extent of damage to each plant, but officials said several of them, including in the Kharkiv region near the Russian border, were almost completely destroyed,” the report said.

If in the winter of 2022-23 Russia tried to attack distribution stations and transformers throughout the country, now Russian missiles are targeting power plants in several regions to completely destroy them, because it is impossible to restore the power plants in a short time.

The number of missiles used in the winter 2022-23 attack is now aimed at five or six energy facilities in one region.

The second difference between the attacks and the winter of 2022-2023 is that Russia is now also using expensive precision ballistic missiles.

A recent attack on a coal-fired power plant, for example, used $100 million worth of ballistic missiles, but Ukraine only has a handful of US Patriot air defense systems capable of shooting down the these.

Additionally, Russia still uses drones in large numbers as a cheaper way to target other parts of the energy system, such as transformers.

We remind you that on March 22, the Russians carried out the largest attack on the energy sector of Ukraine. After that, DTEK announced the destruction of two-thirds of the power units it had continued to hold last winter.

And on March 29, the enemy attacked energy facilities in six regions, then introduced emergency shutdowns in some regions.

On April 3, Russian troops targeted the rear solar power plant for the first time.

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