RUSSIA has admitted Britain’s shadow storm missiles are a nightmare for invaders in Ukraine.
The bunker-busting cruise missiles dodged their air defense systems, paving the way for Kiev’s counteroffensive.
Yevgeny Balitsky, the Kremlin-appointed governor of occupied Zaporizhia, said the weapons “certainly cause us problems.”
He added, “We somehow learned how to shoot down US-supplied HIMARS, but our air defenses are having a hard time dealing with Storm Shadow.”
“It flies at different speeds, at different altitudes and in changing modes.”
He was speaking days after a precision storm shadow attack reportedly killed 52-year-old Major General Sergei Goryachev and eight other senior officers in a targeted attack on a command post in Zaporizhia.
Last week, another attack hit a Russian headquarters near Henichesk, minutes after Vladimir Putin’s Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov left.
The airborne GPS-guided missiles – which have a range of up to 520 kilometers and can zigzag at different altitudes – have also attacked the occupied port cities of Berdyansk and Mariupol.
Britain last month announced the delivery of Anglo-French-designed storm shadows after Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy asked for a more sophisticated longer-range weapon.
Defense analyst Paul Beaver told The Sun: “Storm Shadow is giving Ukraine a very significant advantage – and I don’t think Russia is claiming that 50 percent of that will be stopped.”
“They can bypass targets before completely throwing off enemy forces.”