Air Force calls Russian attack on Kharkiv 'classic harassing fire' tactic

Kharkiv building damaged by Russian fire
Kharkiv building damaged by Russian fire

An overnight attack on Kharkiv by Russian forces is evidence that the Russians are employing a "classic harassing fire" strategy, Air Force spokesperson Ilya Yevlash said on national TV on May 10.

Harassing fire is a form of psychological warfare in which an enemy force is subjected to random, unpredictable and intermittent small-arms or artillery fire over an extended period of time (usually at night and times of low conflict intensity) in an effort to undermine morale, increase the enemy's stress levels and deny them the opportunity for sleep, rest and resupply.

“Ten drones launched by the enemy from the temporarily occupied Crimea, namely from Cape Chauda," Yevlash explained. The drones were destroyed while they were still transiting southern Ukraine.

"They headed for Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts, where our mobile fire units shot them down," he said.

The enemy also used two S-300/S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, striking Kharkiv and civilian infrastructure, though the situation overall is still stable, the Air Force said.

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An air raid alert was declared in a number of oblasts on May 9 due to the threat of a new Russian attack. The overnight attack struck a residential building in Kharkiv, resulting in no casualties, but inducing acute stress reactions in two residents: an 11-year-old child and a 72-year-old woman.

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