Ukraine's military forces hit Russian forces with Stunga-P

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Military analyst Cedric Leighton has belittled Russian attempts to destroy Ukraine’s national grid with punitive drones. The retired US Air Force colonel argued that Ukraine’s will to resist Putin is likely to outlast the Kremlin’s ability to replace used-up missiles, branding Russia’s latest strategy to win the war as futile. 

Mr Leighton told CNN: “You’re looking at who can run out the clock the fastest in other words who can really run out their supplies.  I think what you’re looking at is the possibility at least, that Russia is going to expend its missiles, especially the type of cruise missiles, these are air launch cruise missiles that they’ve used in these particular attacks.

“They will lose those they will run out of those more quickly, then the Ukrainians will lose their will to fight and the Ukrainians will certainly be able to restore some of their power, some of their water before too long.

“I think they’ll be able to do this in a fairly concerted fashion, they’ll need some help to do it but it’s going to be something where they will beat the clock in terms of whether or not Putin will run this or not.

“But it is certainly a case where the Russians are going to be spending a lot of money and a lot of weapons in a perhaps futile effort to coerce the Ukrainians.”

It comes after suspected Ukrainian maritime drones strike Russian ships based in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

Footage supposedly recorded by the Ukrainian UAVs shows Russian forces desperately racking the sea with gunfire in an attempt to save their ships.

Kremlin officials looked to point the finger of blame for what they termed a “terrorist attack” on the UK, claiming with evidence that the British military had been aided the Ukrainian units involved in the audacious strike. 

Russia’s defence ministry said: “Nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous marine drones were involved in the attack.

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“The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of servicemen of the Ukrainian 73rd Special Center for Naval Operations were carried out under the guidance of British specialists located in the town of Ochakiv.”

Russia has also blamed the UK for the explosions which destroyed the Nordstream2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea last month.

On Saturday Russia said: “According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on 26 September this year – blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.”

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Russia has failed to provide evidence to back up its claims, while the initial blame for the sabotage fell on the Kremlin.

Sweden and Denmark have carried out investigations into the causes of the leaks and blamed them on explosions but did not go as far as to aside blame.

Swedish prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist has called for a “supplementary crime scene investigation” into the incident. 

He said, “It is important both for the preliminary investigation and for the various collaborations we have that we now get to work in peace and quiet.”

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