Russia has begun larger scale attacks in an attempt to force Ukraine to delay its counteroffensive.
Source: CNN citing a US official familiar with the situation
Details: The official said that Russia is spending more ammunition than usual, trying to confuse Ukrainian air defences.
According to a US official, the Russian Federation launched large-scale airstrikes simultaneously from several fronts, targeting command centres in Kyiv and other important facilities, probably in an attempt to force Ukraine to delay its highly-anticipated counteroffensive.
CNN noted that Ukraine was able to withstand the attacks, intercepting a high percentage of missiles and drones with the help of air defence systems provided by Western partners.
According to a CNN source, large-scale Russian attacks could even benefit Ukraine, as the Russian Federation is more actively using its limited stockpile of high-precision missiles.
Background: According to CNN, Russia's missile attack on Ukraine on the night of 15–16 May did not destroy a Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, as the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed.