Yesterday, SOFREP reported about Russia’s push for its more competent soldiers who had just gone out of training. At the same time, Ukraine has fired drones toward two Russian military bases and an oil depot. Unfortunately, the latter was not received as well, as Russia retaliated with a brutal attack on cities and towns.

According to reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin “is setting conditions for a protracted war of conquest in Ukraine.” The Russian attack continues to knock out Ukraine’s power and water infrastructures as their military pushes for nationwide demoralization. It was noted that more than 70 missiles were fired, and Kyiv’s governor confirmed that about 40% of the city was left in the dark after the attack.

Other Ukrainian officials confirmed that Russia’s missile attacks continued coming in. Even in the newly liberated city of Kherson, volunteers were seen cooking meals on the open fire so people would have something hot to eat.

Kyiv after Russian drone attack
Historic house of late 19 — early 20 century in Kyiv after Russian strike with Iranian kamikaze drones on 17 October 2022. (Source: Kyiv City State Administration/Wikimedia)

Russian forces still use Iranian-made drones to attack Ukrainian cities, even though Kyiv said Russia’s Shahed drones are almost exhausted. Ukrainian Air Force Command Spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said the Russian forces resumed these drone loitering munitions after a three-week break, suggesting that the Russian troops had challenges replenishing their supplies. However, it is also highly possible that they were trying to find a way to fix the icing issues on the drones, especially as the war forges on in the middle of winter. Additionally, Ukrainian Southern Command Spokesperson Natalia Humenyuk said that they believe these drones are getting deployed in open areas to fight Ukrainian air defenses.