KYIV ($1=36.93 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Warnings of an impending Russian air attack sounded again yesterday in Ukraine. Disreputable information coming from a Belarusian Telegram channel of the opposition alarmed the Ukrainian authorities. Some of the Ukrainian media also started publishing information from Belarusian sources.
According to Minsk’s opposition Telegram channel, a Russian supersonic MiG-31 bomber with a Kinzhal [Dagger in English] missile on board took off from an air base in Belarus. This caused “panic” in some Ukrainian news sources. Later, however, the information was refuted and classified as “fake news”.
In a military situation, however, the authorities in Ukraine must “play it safe”, especially after Moscow carried out three missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in just one month. It appears that Moscow does not plan to stop, but on the contrary – military analysts believe that Russia intends to complete the Ukrainian energy system.
Ukraine plays it safe
Although the “fake” MiG-31 turned out to be still on the ground, the Ukrainian authorities are preparing for further Russian attacks. A similar opinion was expressed by the President of Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky, in one of his speeches last Sunday, November 27. According to Zelensky, “terrorists [as he calls the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation] are preparing new strikes and as long as they have missiles, they will not rest.” Zelensky analyzed in his speech that the coming week could turn out to be just as difficult as the last week. “We are working on all scenarios, including with partners,” Zelensky also said, without elaborating.
Although it is unclear exactly what the “partners” are helping to deal with Russian missile attacks, military analysts said the involvement of Ukraine’s allies and partners involved provided a large amount of intelligence. Similar information is collected by reconnaissance drones flying over the Black Sea, as well as early warning planes flying along the border with Ukraine.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that it recently reported that, in addition to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Moscow is targeting data centers that transfer precisely such intelligence from the source to the recipient.
Do not ignore signals
Mr. Vitaly Kim, who is the head of the Kyiv Mykolaev region, expressed a similar opinion to the president. Although the information about the MiG-31 taking off from Belarus turned out to be false, “such signals should not be ignored.”
Mr. Kim recalled that Russian aviation is active in the air, but he is familiar with its actions. Kim recalled that “enemy flying objects” were recently spotted, but they are no longer active in eastern Ukraine. Mr. Kim suggests that such flights are “test flights” disguised as training flights, without specifying what that even means.
Ukraine is ready
Amidst such fake news, as well as signals on social media about air attacks over Kyiv, Mr. Yuriy Ignat, the spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force Command announced that Ukraine is ready to meet the coming Russian missile attacks.
“Our troops are ready, the missiles are loaded, we will respond, we will shoot down as we always do,” he announced. In addition, Mr. Ignat concluded by analyzing that the worst months for Ukraine and its citizens were February and March when an extraordinary number of rockets flew toward the country.
Despite the reassuring words of Mr. Ignat, it seems that panic exists after the almost continuous reports of impending attacks.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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