Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine will be studied by military historians for centuries — as a master class on how not to fight. His latest tactic – bombing Ukrainian cities – is another desperate and dastardly move that could have unpleasant consequences.
The publication writes about it Washington Post.
The second “February 24”: a comparison of the massive missile strikes on Ukraine today and on the first day of the invasionOn October 10, Russia fired missiles at almost the entire territory of Ukraine. Today’s attack was compared to the strikes on the first day of the full-scale war, February 24.
October 10, 2022, 5:50 p.m
On October 10, after the explosion on the Crimean bridge, Putin began to actively use missiles and drones to attack Ukrainian cities, in particular, Kyiv. The publication writes that this is reminiscent of the “war of the cities” of 1984, when Saddam Hussein began bombing cities, hoping to break Iran’s will to war. But this move failed and led to retaliatory actions on the part of Iran.
Likewise, the German bombing of London in 1940-1941 and in 1944-1945 with V-1 and V-2 missiles only accelerated Hitler’s downfall.
“In fact, over the past 100 years, there is virtually no evidence that terrorist bombings have been a war-winning tactic. The usual result is the unification of the population, which challenged the attackers. Even during World War II, when Allied bombers dropped millions of tons of bombs on Germany and Japan, winning the war still required defeating the Axis armies– writes the Washington Post.
The scale of destruction, only if Putin does not use nuclear weapons, is limited – the Ukrainian air defense system remains operational and is supplemented by Western systems, such as the German IRIS-T. And the new Russian commander in Ukraine will soon discover that it is not as simple as bombing helpless Syrian rebels.
Yesterday’s Russian missile attack may herald a brutal new phase of the war in Ukraine – CNNBy his actions on October 10, Putin could send a signal to the world that he has no intention of admitting defeat and is ready to terrorize the civilian population in response to failures on the battlefield.
October 11, 2022, 11:12
According to the publication, if Putin “really gets desperate”, he can resort to the use of tactical nuclear weapons, but this is a very risky option that could have unpleasant consequences and lead to a military response by NATO.
However, for all the setbacks that Russia has suffered, there is no sign that Putin is ready to back down. He still hopes that Ukraine’s resistance will be broken in the winter. In an attempt to increase pressure, he is targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and cutting off natural gas supplies to Europe.
But during the eight months of the war, the publication notes, there were no signs of hesitation either in Ukraine or in the West. The combination of Russian barbarism and Ukrainian military success preserves the unity of the anti-Putin coalition.
We will remind, according to the information of the State Emergency Service, from October 7 to 18, Russia carried out more than 190 strikes with missiles and kamikaze drones in 16 regions of Ukraine.
According to analysts, massive attacks on Ukraine do not make military sense, but their purpose is to intimidate the population and leadership of Ukraine, as well as “rehabilitate” the Russian Ministry of Defense.