Russia is using low-precision missiles from former Soviet stocks for more than 50 percent of its blows in Ukraine, and the rate of blows has doubled in the past two weeks, a brigadier general in Ukraine's armed forces said on Thursday.
Russian rockets have hit a number of targets in Ukraine in recent days, killing a civilian in an apartment building in Kiev and at least 18 others in a shopping center in downtown Kremenciuk on Monday.
Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, denies targeting civilians and says it is only hitting military infrastructure.
Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov told a news conference on Thursday that Russia was trying to strike down military infrastructure, but that the use of old Soviet missiles, which were less accurate, was leading to significant civilian casualties.
His analysis has moved away from that of Ukrainian politicians who accuse Russia of deliberately hitting civilians to sow panic.
"The enemy's targets remain military facilities, critical infrastructure and industry, transport networks. At the same time, the civilian population is suffering significant losses due to (too inaccurate) blows," Hromov said.
"To perform missile strikes, the enemy in more than 50% (of cases) uses missiles from the Soviet reserve, which are not accurate enough. As a result, civilian buildings are hit. "
He said 202 missiles were launched on Ukraine in the second half of June, an increase of 120 from the first half of the month. He estimated that 68 civilian places were hit in the second half of this month.
The British Defense Ministry said in its assessment on Wednesday that there is a real possibility that the rocket that hit the Kremenciuk mall was intended for a nearby target.
"Russia's inaccuracy in the conduct of long-range strikes has previously led to incidents of mass civilian casualties, including at Kramatorsk station on April 9, 2022," the British Defense Ministry said in a recent intelligence report.
Where do the Russians get tanks for the war in Ukraine?
Russia removed old tanks from warehouses and away from bases across the country to dump them on the front line in Ukraine.
According to Ukrainska Pravda, the Russians are removing weapons and military equipment from warehouses in Russia's most remote regions, such as the Kaliningrad region and the island of Sakhalin.
Western military experts say the consumption of large quantities of ammunition, especially shells, which are fired at a rate that almost no army in the world could sustain for a long time.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, citing intelligence assessments, said last week that Russia could only continue fighting for "the coming months." After that, "Russia could reach a point where there is no more remarkable progress because it has exhausted its resources," he told the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in an interview.
The Russians transferred a group of about 30 fifty-year-old T-62 tanks to the Kherson region.
On May 26, there were reports that in the Zaporozhye region the occupants had stationed the obsolete T-62 tank group in Melitopol.
According to British information, the fact that Russia is transferring such old tanks to the fronts may be a sign of the shortage of modern equipment, as T-62 tanks are likely to be particularly vulnerable to anti-tank weapons.
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