Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia would not be possible without help from the West, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.
“Zakharova stressed that the Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) would not have been able to travel such a distance without information feeds from Western satellites,” TASS reported.
The comments came after drones targeted six Russian regions early Wednesday in what is said to be the largest Ukrainian drone attack on the country since Russia invaded Ukraine last year. One of the Russian cities that was targeted was Pskov, which is about 20 miles from the border of NATO member Estonia and over 400 miles from Ukraine.
The massive drone attack came after The Washington Post reported that the US expected Ukrainian operations inside Russia to increase. The Economist reported that Ukrainian drone attacks on Russia use intelligence “often from Western partners.”
Zakharova added that the drone attacks will not “go unpunished” and criticized attacks on “peaceful civilian targets.” The Economist report also said that the purpose of the drone attacks is to have a “psychological impact” on “ordinary Russians” not affected by the war.
“Russian law enforcement structures are investigating and thoroughly documenting all the instances of shelling of Russian regions by Ukrainian militants as well as of their other criminal activity,” Zakharova added.