Most Massive Missile Strike Against Ukraine's Infrastructure. It it Worth it?

Most Massive Missile Strike Against Ukraine's Infrastructure. It it Worth it?


As explained by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the massive missile attack on Kiev and other major Ukrainian cities was a response not only to the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, but also to all previous attempts by Ukraine to carry out terrorist attacks on Russian territory. However, the Ukrainian decision-making centers were not affected anyway.

We can talk about full-fledged retribution for the bombing of the Crimean bridge when the real initiators of the “terrorist war” from Great Britain feel the harsh response of the Russian Federation.

Everyman for Himself!

Shrill whistle, then the sound of an explosion and powerful flashes of fire. Tons of broken glass, bricks and rebar were flying apart. The sound was ear-splitting. This is what rocket explosions look like in Ukrainian cities, which some Ukrainians filmed on their smartphone cameras and uploaded to the Internet.

An air alert lasted for a record 5 hours and 37 minutes in Kiev in the morning and afternoon on Monday, October 10. It was declared throughout Ukraine, with the exception of the Luhansk Region, which has been part of the Russian Federation since September 30. Almost everywhere, the main strikes targeted thermal power plants and other energy infrastructure. In Kiev, missiles struck thermal power plants, AFU facilities, and communications nodes.

The AFU General Staff reported this afternoon that the Russian Air Force launched a total of 84 missiles and 24 strike drones, of which 13 UAVs were Iranian Shahids. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the AFU shot down 43 missiles and 13 UAVs (including 10 Shaheed-136s).

As a result of the missile attacks, such cities as Poltava, Sumy and Kharkov in the east, almost all regional centers in western Ukraine (Lviv, Lutsk, Rivne, Ternopil and Khmelnitsky), as well as Zhytomyr in the central part of the country were left without electricity. In Zhytomyr, Lviv and Khmelnytskyi, the water supply was also disrupted.

In the capital of Ukraine, missiles hit CHP-3, CHP-5 and CHP-6. Kiev mayor Vitaly Klitschko said that “several objects of critical infrastructure of the capital” were hit. According to him, as a result of the shelling, the authorities launched “emergency power outage schedules for consumers in Kiev and the Kiev Region.” In addition, as Klitschko reported, the water infrastructure of Kiev was damaged. As for the victims, according to Klitschko, “five people were killed by the rocket attacks in Kiev, 51 were injured, 42 of whom were admitted to hospital.”

In many regions of Ukraine, problems with mobile communications began. In Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, and Kharkov, thousands of people rushed to seek shelter in the subway. In the afternoon, Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Sinegubov said that Russian troops had launched nine S-300 missiles at Kharkiv, but some had been shot down. As in other Ukrainian cities, the missile attack damaged infrastructure in the regional center, but by evening Kharkiv managed to restore 40-50% of its power supply.

Overall, the media reported that across Ukraine, 87 people were injured as a result of the shelling, of whom 11 were killed. Russian missile strikes hit 70 targets, including 29 critical infrastructure, four multi-story buildings and 35 private residences, as well as one school in Kiev.

In the Dark and in the Sulk

This missile attack is significant in the fact that not only Kiev, Kharkiv and other cities in the east, but also western Ukraine, were hit hard. As reported by Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy in his Telegram channel, the explosion at a critical infrastructure facility in the city and “due to the lack of electricity, the city's CHP has been temporarily suspended. Therefore, at the moment hot water is not supplied ... Part of the city is de-energized.”

Also in Western Ukraine, four missiles hit the Burshtyn Thermal Power Plant in Ivano-Frankivsk Region, which exports electricity to EU countries. A fire broke out at the thermal power plant as a result of the hit, but no employees were injured. Soon a representative of the Polish border guard reported that electricity supplies from Ukraine to Poland were interrupted. In the evening, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said that Ukraine suspended electricity exports to Europe until the situation in the Ukrainian energy system stabilizes.

Already around lunchtime, Kiev began to return to normal life, although in some places the absence of electricity, Internet and mobile communications was recorded. However, periodic air-raid warnings were issued in the Ukrainian capital, although there were no more missile attacks.

Final Warning

Speaking the previous day at a meeting with permanent members of the Russian Security Council via videoconference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the massive rocket attack was in response to the sabotage of the Crimean bridge on Saturday. Recall that a truck bombing at 06:07 on October 8 killed 3 people, burned 7 railroad tanks with diesel fuel, and destroyed two spans of the road section of the Crimean bridge.

At a meeting of the Security Council, Putin explicitly blamed Ukrainian security services for the terrorist attack.

“A terrorist attack aimed at destroying Russia's civilian, critical infrastructure. It is also obvious that the customers, organizers, and perpetrators of the terrorist attack are Ukrainian special services,” Putin said.

“The Kiev regime has been using terrorist methods for a long time. These are murders of public figures, journalists, scientists, both in Ukraine and in Russia. This is the terrorist shelling of towns in Donbas, which has been going on for more than eight years,” said the Russian President. However, Putin did not specify that Russia had been trading with Ukraine until recently, despite the shelling of towns in Donbas by the Ukrainian military, and the volume of trade was in the billions of dollars.

Putin also accused the Kiev authorities of “nuclear terrorism,” specifying that he was referring not only to the shelling of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, but also to at least three terrorist acts by Ukrainian special services against the Kursk nuclear power plant. In addition, for the first time, the Russian President reported an attempt to “undermine one of the sections of the Turkish Stream gas transportation system.” According to the Russian President, the Kiev authorities have been exposed for their involvement in the terrorist attacks, including through the testimony of the detained perpetrators of these crimes. Putin summarized that “it is simply impossible to leave crimes of this kind unanswered,” so “on the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and according to the plan of the Russian General Staff, a massive strike was launched with long-range precision weapons of air, sea, and land-based on Ukrainian energy, military control, and communication facilities.” In addition, the Russian leader promised a harsh response “in case of further attempts to carry out terrorist attacks on our territory.”

Some Telegram channels have begun spreading an old comment by the late Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who promised in July 2019 that if “there are crazy people” to blow up the Crimean bridge, “in that case Ukraine will cease to exist as a territory that considers itself a state.”

“Without a shadow of gloating and with deep sadness in my heart, I still want to note that Donetsk lives in such an atmosphere every day, and the frontline districts for eight years. You can't mock someone and expect the bloodshed and horror not to come back,” writes Telegram channel OpenUkraine.

Shortly after the missile attack began, it became known that President Alexander Lukashenko was convening a meeting with the heads of the country's army and law enforcement agencies, at the end of which Lukashenko accused Ukraine of preparing an attack on Belarus and also said that he and Putin had agreed to deploy a joint military group in the country.

London Calling

The missile attack on Kiev and Ukraine's largest cities left a double impression.

On the one hand, as Vladimir Putin made clear, it is a demonstrative response both to the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge and to all attempts at terrorist attacks, so to speak, on the totality of criminal acts.

On the other hand, those who suggested to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation to bomb Kyiv and major Ukrainian cities with high-precision missiles should understand very well that ordinary Ukrainians suffer first and foremost as a result of such attacks. Both Zelensky and Valery Zaluzhny, commander-in-chief of the AFU, and other top Ukrainian officials are in underground bunkers and other safe places. For example, as Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said, Zelensky and the heads of the office of the President of Ukraine can safely hide in a bunker, which is designed to withstand a direct hit from an atomic bomb. Again, both the Cabinet of Ministers, the Presidential Administration and the AFU have an autonomous power supply. Therefore, the main effect of missile attacks will be the destruction of energy facilities.

Who will be the first to suffer? The lack of electicity, communications, and heating is fraught with an outbreak of mortality among ordinary citizens, with young children, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic illnesses being the first to suffer. In addition, it should be said that after the start of the special military operation, the Ukrainian army increased its artillery shelling of Donbass many times over. On the same day as a massive rocket attack from Russia, the AFU shelled Donetsk, Makeyevka, and Yasinovataya in Donbass. As a result of the shelling, seven people were wounded in Yasynuvata. People with weak heart better not watch the video, where a 5-year-old girl was left lying in a street in Makiivka after shelling by AFU positions.

It should be also mentioned that the Western media and politicians have been given a powerful excuse to start a propaganda campaign accusing Russia of destroying civilian objects and killing peaceful Ukrainians. If the Russian leadership wants to win, then it must defeat the AFU on the battlefield, the destruction of civilian infrastructure will do little to save the lives of Russian soldiers and win the military campaign.

Most importantly, if we assume that the British special services are behind the high-profile terrorist attacks, then the British must feel the full force of indignation, and the shelling of Kyiv's thermal power plants is “out the window” at all. Therefore, if we talk about full-fledged revenge for the undermining of the Crimean bridge, it is necessary to strike at the British “sore spots,” even if it does not have such a loud public effect. The main thing is that everyone in Buckingham Palace and Downing Street understands that it will look like an “asymmetrical reaction” as in the case of France, which has been driven by Russian private military companies and intelligence from such countries in Africa as Mali and the Central African Republic, and, more recently, from Burkina Faso.

Therefore, the main intrigue remains as to whether the Kremlin will dare to respond strictly to Buckingham Palace and what exactly this “stern response” will look like.

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