After several weeks without significant changes on the front, the Ukrainian Army has turned the campaign upside down with several sabotage actions in Donbas , the southern corridor and the annexed Crimean peninsula , which have left the Russian enemy without response.
“Our strategy is to destroy logistics, supply lines, ammunition depots and other military infrastructure. This causes chaos in the Russian ranks ,” said Mykhailo Podoliak, a presidential adviser.
Russia finds itself in a situation where it is neither making breakthroughs towards Ukrainian strongholds in the Donetsk region nor can it ensure the security of its stockpiles and supply chains in Crimea and regions bordering Ukraine.
Crimea has been hostile territory for Ukrainian troops since the start of the “special military operation” in February and, in fact, the units that conquered part of the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia came from the peninsula.
Last week nine Russian planes, according to satellite images, were destroyed in explosions at a military airfield . This Wednesday Kiev admitted that they were caused by Ukrainian partisans . On Tuesday it was the turn of an arsenal with fuel and ammunition , an attack that forced the evacuation of thousands of people and that the Western press, citing official sources, attributes to special Ukrainian units.
Today, the Crimean Bridge, the engineering feat that broke the isolation of the territory and linked the peninsula with Russia, is no longer beyond the reach of the Ukrainian forces. ” It is an illegal construction and it is the main door for the supply of the Russian Army. These infrastructures must be destroyed”, indicated Podoliak.
In this regard, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz assured that the West provides kyiv with weapons so that “Ukraine can protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Precisely, the sabotage of the last week has caused panic among tourists , who quickly left the peninsula the day before through that bridge.
“And the queue these days to leave Crimea for Russia over the bridge shows that the vast majority of citizens of the terrorist state already understand, or at least feel, that Crimea is not the place for them,” the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky .
Medium term strategy
kyiv publicly admits that the objective is to slow down the Russian advance in Donbas, thus buying time to receive more Western heavy weapons, as happened in the long sieges of Mariupol and Severodonetsk. In fact, Podoliak admitted in an interview with The Guardian that his country has requested more than 50 multiple missile launchers from allies .
Both the Ukrainian and Russian authorities have warned that the sabotage actions will continue until the arrival of winter. Precisely, Zelensky urged those who live in territory controlled by Russia or pro-Russians not to approach military installations . He added that in order to expel Russian troops from Ukraine, it is necessary to make the war with Russia more difficult every day, an objective that he described as the “main politico-military task.”
Russian leaders hope “that the Ukrainians, the Europeans and the whole world will get tired of this war.” “We must do everything so that it is not us or our friends and partners who get tired , but rather our enemy,” he stressed.
Faced with recent claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the full-scale war has not even just begun, some experts are already predicting that the conflict will last until at least next year .
We must do everything so that it is not us or our friends and partners who get tired, but our enemy”
” I don’t think the freeze variant is possible. There may be a decrease in activity depending on the season. Modern wars are resource wars. Resources, of course, run out on both sides. And each side he needs time to recover,” said Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister.
Reznikov stressed that the Russian Army lost a third of the military potential it used at the beginning of the armed intervention, which includes airborne forces, marines and members of special forces, as well as a thousand pilots.
“That is why, let’s say, a cooling is possible from the point of view of combat. It is a war. A war of survival . And we are going to defend ourselves to survive,” he told The Voice of America and estimated the number of troops at 135,000 Russians currently fighting on Ukrainian soil, including many non-professional soldiers.