The war in Europe could now become more costly, even more cruel – military experts and heads of state are looking forward to Moscow, how Vladimir Putin (70) will now react to the attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces on the bases of the Russian long-distance bombers.
After several explosions at military airports, Russia’s president convened his country’s security council, according to the AFP news agency. Russia accuses Ukraine of attacking the airfields with drones. Moscow classifies the incidents as a threat to the Russian Federation. In the Security Council, high-ranking representatives of the Russian security authorities discussed with the Kremlin chief how the country’s “internal security” could be guaranteed, the Kremlin said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the authorities would take “necessary” measures to protect the country from Ukrainian attacks. “Of course, the line openly declared by the Ukrainian regime to continue such terrorist acts is a danger,” Peskov said. According to Russian sources, a drone had previously attacked an airfield in the Kursk region of Russia, which borders Ukraine. An oil tank caught fire.
The current situation is reminiscent of the hours immediately after the attack on the Crimea bridge, which cost billions. While Ukraine was still celebrating this military success, Moscow decided to launch massive rocket attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. The consequences of these rocket and drone strikes are devastating for Ukraine: Long and widespread power failures have paralyzed the country since then, many of the 34 million inhabitants suffer from the cold and often from a lack of drinking water – in the city of Kyiv, which has a population of 2 million, it has it currently minus 3 degrees and it’s snowing.
The reaction of the Russian armed forces to the Ukrainian drone attacks is now being awaited with great concern in Western Europe: Will medium- and long-range missiles be used against targets in Ukraine? Is Putin now ordering heavy airstrikes? So far, the army leadership in Moscow has “spared” the bulk of the air force so as not to make the losses more expensive – now this attitude could change.