While the Donbas and Ukraine face another escalating battle in the Donbas, one might expect the war to be decided.
Russia is stepping up its infrastructure and deepening the infrastructure of the western parts of the country that have been captured, striking targets that keep both the war effort and the national economy running, including a critical bridge and fuel depots.
The aim of Russian attacks is to slow down the rapidly expanding supply of weapons from the Eastern Front, while also hindering exports of grain and other commodities that help pay for the Kyiv. With the country’s Black Sea ports closed to shipping, overland routes are even more vital.
“It is my opinion that they do not want the West to get the necessary heavy weapon supplies so that they can start the process,” he said. “Because western weapons and Ukrainian combat experience are a combined advantage.”
On Monday, five railway stations were hit by Russian missiles. The head of Ukraine’s railways company, Oleksandr Kamyshin, said it was the heaviest attack on his system since the war began. “The repair of all infrastructure damage will take months,” he acknowledged in a news conference.
Fuel depots have another critical target, along with a critical bridge that provides only the overland link to the southern Bessarabia region.
A spokesman for Ukraine’s defense staff said infrastructure was being hit by ‘stop Western arms shipments’. “Russians are attacking military and civilian infrastructure told a press conference.
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said in a broadcast on state TV: “These weapons will be Russia’s military for a legitimate target. More than once in storage facilities in western Ukraine. How can it be otherwise? ”
It’s not a one-sided battle. A series of destructive explosions and fires at strategic locations within Russian territories and neighboring Belarus – fuel depots and railways – are widely regarded as working forces, although none have been officially claimed by Kyiv.
In the early weeks of the war, Ukrainian forces were highly effective at damaging Russian logistics. Both countries are targeting infrastructure deep inside enemy-held territory.
Senior Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak in a tweet about a “self-destructing” Russian infrastructure that appeared to hint broadly at his country’s role; The Moskva ship, the most widely acknowledged sunk by a sunken missile.
“How can we not believe in karma for murder? [Ukrainian] children? Many are still willing to turn a blind eye to financing terrorism. But should the European Union depend on where everything is self-destructing? ” he said.
The operations on the Russian territory have often been bold and spectacular, boosting morale as much as the enemy’s capacity. They include a daring helicopter raid on the border town of Belograd and Sunday night’s attack on oil storage facilities at a critical crude pipeline junction in Bryansk.
Bryansk took another military blast near the main railway network to save rockets and other munitions, a Ukraine security source said.
And a powerful radio control tower destroyed in Transnistria, part of Moldova controlled by Russian-backed separatists
Russia’s military resources and the air for the war are far greater than those of Russia, which is more vulnerable than Russia’s.
While not dominant in the skies, it is still easier for Russian planes, drones and helicopters to fly over Ukraine than to reverse and open its own skies, while maintaining its military and economic lifelines for land transport in Kyiv.
“Rail has always been important [in Ukraine] “There is a lot more going on in the sea out of the country,” said Tracey German, professor of conflict and security at King’s College London.
“So is this just a way of disrupting the military effort but also putting the pressure on the country economically.”
The Russians probably did not move as strongly against these goals as President Vladimir Putin’s anticipated victory and perhaps the Russian military thought they would be using the infrastructure themselves.
They are also expected to control the skies, which would have made it easier to deny access to roads and railways, said Niklas Masuhr at the Center for Security Studies in Switzerland. Now there are the front lines behind a campaign for strong military incentives.
“The focus is shifted towards the Donbas and there are two underlying drivers of attacks on infrastructure, particularly in western Ukraine. They’re trying to cut more supplies into the Donbas, create a war of attrition in that part of Ukraine. ”
“With strikes on Lviv and Kyiv, they may also be trying to hit targets across the country, to force them to disperse air defense systems across the country, so they don’t have to be in the Donbas.”
Forward to the war, it needs more air defenses in the west, the headquarters east of heavy weapons and short range air defense systems said.
“Ukraine is very old aerial defense systems,” the source said.
“Britain is sending short-range things that work great in the Donbas. But the strategic thing is really necessary for Ukraine to be close to heavy and long-range defense systems over skiers [relatively] peaceful areas of the country. ”