by Egbert Nohbakkon, 2 November 2022
Ukraine’s military capabilities have been seriously imacted due to the recent strikes on communications, power and water networks by Moscow’s forces, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Tuesday.
“Transportation of manpower and material towards
the frontlines via railroads has been hampered to a large degree.
Production at Ukrainian military industrial facilities has also been
disrupted,” the statement said, commenting on results of the long-range missile barrage launched on Monday. You may have seen in mainstream media news that the Ukies shot down 44 of the 50 missiles launched. However a statement made by the Ukrainian Prime Minister acknowledged that 18 targets in 10 different regions had been hit and seriously damaged. It may be the case of course that both sources are lying, but simple arithmetic proves that one certainly is.
After the barrage Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that further targeted strikes were on key targets would continue, with the aim of affecting Ukraine’s military potential. Speaking during a meeting on Tuesday, Shoigu also said that over the last two weeks Russian forces had destroyed 74 tanks, 235 other armored vehicles, two HIMARS multiple rocket launchers and 268 armed cars.
Ukraine’s state owned railroad company confirmed that some of its lines had suffered from a blackout and that it had to roll out backup diesel locomotives in response.
Russia changed its military tactics in Ukraine last month after General Sergey Surovikin, 'General Armageddon', was appointed Chief of Operations in Ukraine. Soon after he took over tactical command, Russian forces began launching attacks against energy infrastructure. President Vladimir Putin described the move as a response to the Ukrainian sabotage attacks against Russian energy facilities and strategic assets, including a nuclear power plant , a gas pipeline going to Türkiye, and the Kerch Bridge, the only road and rail link between Crimea and the Russian mainland.
The decision to destrOy Ukrainian infrastructure was announced a few days after a truck bomb hit the strategically important bridge, killing three civilians and damaging the structure. Russian investigators pinned the attack on the Ukrainian military intelligence service.
Attacks on sites such as power plants and distribution substations have caused blackouts in many parts of Ukraine, including the capital of Kiev. Ukraine has introduced electricity rationing and rolling blackouts to limit the load.
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