The Defense Intelligence of the United Kingdom published this Thursday (1st) a bulletin in which it questions the effectiveness of the strategy that Russia has been adopting since October in the war in Ukraine, by bombing the infrastructure of the invaded country, especially the power grid.
The bulletin highlighted that the tactic consists of using long-range missiles “to reach the critical national infrastructure of an enemy State, instead of its military forces, to shake the morale of the population and finally force the leaders of the state to capitulate”.
However, despite the Russian attacks causing energy shortages and consequently “indiscriminate humanitarian suffering and widespread across Ukraine”, British Defense Intelligence highlighted that this strategy has not had the effect expected by the Kremlin.
“ its effectiveness as a strategy has likely been undermined because Russia has already expended a large proportion of its adequate missiles against tactical targets,” the document noted.
“Furthermore, with Ukraine having mobilized with successful for nine months, the material and psychological effect of this operation is probably less than if it had been adopted in the initial period of a war”, he added.
Last week, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia commits crimes against humanity by bombing the country’s energy infrastructure, as it compromises the operation of health facilities, water supply and heating systems just a few weeks before the onset of winter.
He proposed that the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn “all forms of energy terrorism”.
“An assessment is needed adequate damage and destruction. It must be clearly stated that these are blows against the infrastructure that guarantees the lives of tens of millions of people”, he argued.
The private operator DTEK reported that Russia destroyed 40% of the Ukrainian power system with your attacks.