How powerful was Russia’s missile attack on Ukraine?

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Russia rained cruise missiles on busy Ukrainian cities on Monday after the Crimean bridge was attacked by Ukraine, Russia’s airstrike signaled the beginning of the Russian counter-offensive, and three important signals were sent out to the world.

On the morning of October 10, many explosions occurred in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine; Ukrainian officials quickly confirmed the explosion was caused by a Russian missile; The attack destroyed many buildings in Kyiv and caused casualties. In addition, the cities of Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr, Dnipro, and many other places in Ukraine were also hit by Russian missiles.

In the afternoon of the same day, air strikes were carried out on targets in Vinnytsia, Odesa, Ochakiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv. On October 11, as the day before, many explosions continued to occur in the territory of the capital Kyiv.

According to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Russian Federation used 84 cruise missiles, 24 unmanned aerial vehicles, 13 of which were Iranian Shahed-136. 56 targets were destroyed. 43 cruise missiles and 13 UAVs (10 of them of the kamikaze drones) are among them.

The attacks were carried out from the airspace over the Caspian Sea and from the waters of the Black Sea, according to the British news agency Reuters, citing a Ukrainian Defense Ministry official- Most of the Russian missiles launched hit their targets and some were shot down by Ukrainian air defense systems.

According to the latest information, a Russian missile hit Vladimir Street, near Zelensky’s office, not far from the office building of the National Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)

After the Russian missile attack on Kyiv and other places, anti-aircraft alarms were sounded throughout the territory of Ukraine, and all air defense systems were activated, ready to fight back against Russian Aerospace Force’s attack

This missile strike, which can be seen as Russia’s retaliation for the bombing of the Crimean Bridge; Earlier, President Putin was very angry and considered the bombing of this bridge a terrorist attack, so he ordered the Russian military to plan a retaliatory attack. However, the Ukrainian side has never confirmed its involvement in the explosion at the Crimean bridge. But the Ukraine army page partially claimed that by tweeting.

However, observing Russia’s airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, it can be seen that at least three important signals have been sent. The first signal was the beginning of Russian missile strikes, which essentially eliminated the risk of nuclear conflict.

Before September 21, Russian President Putin made a speech that shocked the world when he announced that Moscow would use all “existing” means, including tactical nuclear weapons, to defend the territory of Russia

After Russian President Putin signed an emergency decree, bringing 4 locations, including Luhansk province, into Russia’s territory. Legally, if Ukraine continues to attack these four areas, it means that Ukraine is attacking Russian territory and Moscow can use nuclear weapons.

Of course, the use of nuclear weapons is Russia’s last card and must not be used until the last moment. And for now, President Putin has not decided yet.

Western leaders such as Merkel, Biden, Macron, and many others are emphasizing that President Putin’s claim to use nuclear weapons is taken seriously.

It is no exaggeration to say that Moscow will never use a nuclear bomb, because the use of this weapon can have incalculable consequences. But the Russian Army has many weapons of retaliation, like long-range missiles to attack Kyiv directly. This also shows that the Russian army is still very capable of fighting and still has plenty no of missiles left in its arsenal.

In the second signal, the Russian military began to launch the Aerospace Forces to launch an attack on Kyiv, which shows that the senior Russian leadership, is trying to break the tension on the battlefield, by attacking attack on Ukraine’s rear. As a result, air strikes were conducted on many urban areas of Ukraine; It also foreshadows the re-escalation of the conflict.

Not long after the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the Russian military declared complete control of air superiority over the entire territory of Ukraine, but since then, the Russian Air Force has essentially withdrawn from the battlefield. Although a number of Russian warplanes were shot down by Ukrainian air defense systems, that number is minuscule for Russia’s massive force.

Just a few days ago, President Putin appointed the former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, General Sulovykin Vladimirovich, as Commander-in-Chief of the special military operation in Ukraine. This can be seen, the next counterattack of the Russian army will promote their air superiority.

Some say that the Russian Air Force is afraid of Ukraine’s air defense systems and UAVs; Objectively assess, how many anti-aircraft weapons the US aid, in tens of billions of dollars in aid? Can this air defense force stop the Russian Air Force? So it can be answered, before that the Russian Army did not want to actually use air power on the battlefield.

After being bombarded by Russia with missiles, it is not excluded that Ukraine will continue to ask for more weapons aid from European countries as well as from NATO, however, putting the fate of an entire country in aid from abroad, obviously very risky thing.

A few days ago there were strong protests in France, demanding that France withdraw from NATO again because it is the only country on the European continent with nuclear weapons. In the event of a nuclear conflict, France would be the first place to be attacked. Later France president Macron said that Paris would “evidently” not use nuclear weapons in response to a Russian nuclear attack on Ukraine.

There is a high probability that the US will not directly fight Russia, but will continue to increase its support for Ukraine. However, with the expansion of the Russian military’s attack range, American aid supplies will become the main target. The attack on Kyiv in recent days will most likely be a turning point in the entire Russian-Ukrainian battlefield

 

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