Now Russia is also on fire: Ukraine is responding with new spiked tactics

Counterattacks: Missiles on Russian cities: Ukraine responds with new spiked tactics

Attacks on Russian cities near the Ukrainian border have increased in recent days. Is Ukraine now reversing the situation and shifting the war to Russian territory? The Ukrainian army would only have a very limited arsenal of weapons at its disposal, but it has now also trained a new attack tactic.

The city of Belgorod, in southern Russia, not far from the Ukrainian border, was rocked by two heavy explosions on Monday night. There are initially no reports of damage or casualties, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, according to Russian state agency Tass. Footage and reports of alleged Ukrainian drones over Belgorod and the use of regional anti-aircraft defenses, the authenticity of which initially could not be independently confirmed, were leaked on Twitter. Reports of alleged attacks by the Ukrainian army on targets in Russia have been on the rise for several days.

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On Sunday, a military facility caught fire in western Russia near the Ukrainian border. The fire broke out in the Belgorod region “on the territory of a structure of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote to the Telegram news service on Sunday. Seven buildings were damaged. In Belgorod, an oil storage facility had already caught fire in early April (see photo). At the time, Russia blamed Ukraine, but they did not confirm the attack. On Saturday Ukraine allegedly attacked the Russian region of Kursk, also near the border, with grenades. The goal was a railway bridge.

Wilcha, Totschka and Bayraktar – across the border with rockets and drones

There has been no confirmation from Kiev of any of these alleged attacks. Theoretically, the Russians could have carried out the attacks themselves to create false arguments for further escalation. Would Ukraine be able to attack the Russian cities of Kursk and Belgorod, which are 80 to 100 kilometers away from their unoccupied territory?

Indeed, Ukraine has in its arsenal some short-range missiles, the Wilcha system, a modernized Russian BM-30 Smerch, which with a range of 130 kilometers could very well bomb Russian cities near the border. The 9M79 Totschka surface-to-surface missile with a range of 100 kilometers is said to be still in the arsenal of the Ukrainian army. The Russians also use the 9M79.

At the start of the Russian raid, Ukraine was also in possession of 20 Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat and reconnaissance drones with a range of 150 kilometers and equipped with laser-guided missiles. On Monday morning, Bayraktar drones destroyed two Russian Raptor military patrol boats in the Black Sea, Ukrainian state agency Ukrinform reported, citing Chief of Staff Valeriy Salushnyy.

The US has supplied other combat drones such as the “Phoenix Ghost”, which however has a shorter range.

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Military experts do not want to engage in FOCUS Online on how the Ukrainian army could have handled the counterattacks in Kursk and Belgorod. Short-range missiles are difficult to intercept. The Wilcha system missiles are launched as from a Stalin organ: a salvo of twelve missiles can be launched within 20 seconds. The 9M79 Totschka and Wilcha rockets approach the target at three times the speed of sound. And the drones could also target their targets under Russian radar.

We could see the transition to a Ukrainian guerrilla that continues to inflict grueling pinpricks on Russia. The Green Berets, US Army special forces, have reportedly been training Ukrainian soldiers for weeks. Just like the Special Air Service, the SAS, a special unit of the British Army. Both units specialize in sabotage operations behind enemy lines.

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Since last week, the highest Russian investigative authority has been examining whether the SAS is actually organizing acts of sabotage in Ukraine. The Investigative Committee – Moscow’s main federal investigative agency – said it will investigate a report by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The RIA quoted a Russian security source who said around 20 SAS members had been deployed in the western Lviv region near the Polish border. And according to information from FOCUS, the US Army Green Berets specifically teach Ukrainians how to fight in homes.

If Ukraine’s change of strategy proves true, Russia could face an even worse debacle than the Soviet Union suffered in the 1979-1989 war in Afghanistan. With weapons provided by a US-led alliance, the Mujahideen were able to defeat the Soviets in a long, costly and costly guerilla warfare. But at the time, the war took place exclusively on Afghan soil. For the first time, Putin’s Russia is now suffering the consequences of his aggression on its own soil.

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