The Ukrainian military is opening a new front in the war unleashed by Russia. Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine are striking at the deep rear, which the occupiers considered the safest.
Western supporters do not limit Ukraine to strike Russian military facilities in occupied Crimea, Defense Minister Valentin Reznikov said. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are expecting ATACMS missiles for HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, which hit at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. According to Reznikov, the decision on these missiles will be made in favor of Ukraine. These statements were made after the next “blooming bavovna” in the Crimea. The international press, meanwhile, writes that Ukraine has found the weaknesses of the Russian Federation and seized the initiative in the war. Perild.com tells the details.
Ukraine opens a new front
Washington Post, USA
A series of explosions and fires has turned Russian-occupied Crimea from a secure rear base into a new battlefield in the war, demonstrating both the vulnerability of Russians and the ability of Ukrainians to strike deep behind enemy lines.
These explosions are the latest setback for Moscow, which launched an invasion with the hope of capturing Kyiv in a lightning attack, but soon bogged down with fierce resistance.
Since the duration of the war is approaching half a year, both sides are waging a heavy war of attrition, fighting between villages, mainly in the east of the country.
Attacks in Crimea could open up a new front, leading to a significant escalation of the war and further stretching Russia’s resources.
“The Russian command is likely to be increasingly concerned about the apparent deterioration in security in the Crimea, functioning as a rear area for the occupation,” the UK Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter.
There are factors in this war that outweigh military power
These strikes highlight the ability of Ukrainians to adapt to new situations much faster and more effectively than their opponent. The Ukrainians are using Western military aid, which is coming to them in large quantities, in such a way as to maximize their advantage and negate the advantage of the Russians.
It is not only about the number of soldiers or the power of the bombing, not only about military tactics or the art of war. This war is all about imagination, resourcefulness, adaptability – and here again the Ukrainians have demonstrated their strength.
New phase of Kyiv’s efforts to weaken Moscow’s forces
Wall Street Journal, США
After Russian troops took Crimea from Ukraine almost without a fight in 2014, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that the peninsula will always belong to Moscow. Eight years later, however, explosions at a Russian air base and ammunition depot in Crimea exposed Russia’s vulnerability and turned the peninsula into a new battlefield.
Ukraine’s short-term goal is not to retake Crimea, but to undermine Russia’s ability to wage war in southern and eastern Ukraine, as there are significant Russian bases on the peninsula and Crimea plays an important role in supplying Russian troops to other Ukrainian regions.
Such attacks are part of Ukraine’s broader strategy, which includes using Western-donated MLRS to target Russian ammunition depots, command posts and bridges.
One of the tasks, according to Ukrainian sources, is to avoid a direct confrontation with Russian troops, but to push them out of the territories seized in the first days of the war. Kherson is a key initial target in this effort.
“This strategy leaves the Russians with a bunch of very bad options, but will eventually lead to them being forced to leave the western bank of the Dnieper. The only question is when and at what cost,” says a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Frederick Kagan.
And although such a strategy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine takes time, however, both officials and analysts say that this is the best way for Ukraine to defeat a stronger enemy. “Slower is better [для ВСУ]because then the Ukrainians suffer less losses,” the analyst explains.
Not only a military, but also a propaganda victory for Ukraine
Ukraine not only destroyed warplanes in the Crimea, but also won a big propaganda victory… Also because it happened in front of Russian tourists.
The Russian public may perceive the war in Ukraine in different ways, but sometimes news of failures penetrates. The destruction of combat aircraft at Saki would be on a par with disasters such as the sinking of the cruiser Moskva in April or the likely loss of more than 70 armored vehicles during a failed river crossing at Belogorovka in the Donbass in March. Word of mouth from those who run away will intensify the action.
Russia is losing the initiative
Club Z, Bulgaria
Even if you win the war, you will lose the world. Occupation can cost Russia even more than war, just as happened to the US in Iraq and the USSR in Afghanistan. The thundering explosions are a sign that Russia is gradually losing its strategic initiative in this war. The initiative now belongs to the Ukrainians, who receive expert and military assistance from NATO.
With precise missile strikes, drones and sabotage, Kyiv will soon checkmate the Kremlin, because Russia is still fighting at the operational and tactical level using the methods of the Second World War.
APU found a weak spot
The generals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were convinced of how effective a measure is the destruction of the enemy’s transport infrastructure, its ammunition depots and equipment located in the rear. Such strikes block the initiative of the enemy, since he does not have the resources to implement his offensive plans. Any offensive stalls, and the morale of the enemy army falls.
And the fact that now the Ukrainian military is already conducting operations on the territory of Crimea has clearly revealed one of the weakest places in Russia: this territory, which served as a launch pad from which Russian troops launched strikes in southern Ukraine, as well as a resting place and rotation of troops, in The Russian Federation was considered safe.
Putin did not expect this
Corriere della Sera, Италия
Yesterday, a series of large-scale explosions threatened Russian bases in a region that was previously considered absolutely safe. It is possible that against the backdrop of what is happening in Moscow, several more generals have lost their shoulder straps.
The conflict takes an unexpected turn, suggesting that if Putin knew six months ago that his army would be embroiled in a protracted trench warfare that could jeopardize even the occupation of Crimea that he pulled off so quickly eight years ago, then, perhaps, on February 24, he and would not give the order to advance on Kyiv.