Kiev, the Russians return to attack after more than a month: what do the 5 missiles on the capital mean?

from Francesco Battistini

According to a report from the Latvian secret services of May 27, a second attempt by Putin to attack the capital should be put in the way: the slap taken in early March still burns and the new Tsar, perhaps, is anxious to make up for it.

KIEV – The sirens at night, again. Nobody pays any attention to it during the day: they ring every hour even three or four times and the people of Kiev hardly even hear them (so much so that the military governor of the region had to say, a few days ago, not to underestimate the alarms). But at night, no: in the dense darkness and in the absolute silence of three o’clock on Saturday, everyone has heard the sirens. And far away, even the explosions. After weeks, the Russians have returned to knock on the capital: the last time, it had happened on April 28 and that was a bad signal for the visit of the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres. But this time, why?

To Darnytskiy, to Dniprovskiy, the rockets of the Russian Tupolevs hit the buildings in the hinterland. No deaths, one injured and firefighters in the depots of the Ukrzaliznytsia, the national railway. They were destroyed T-72 tank hangarsold armored vehicles that in recent weeks had been supplied to Ukraine by Poland and the Czech Republic: the purpose of the attack, just as NATO exercises begin in the Baltic, was to hit armaments arriving from Europe. Vladimir Putin himself explained it: The delivery of new weapons aims to prolong the conflict, he repeated, and in the face of this provocation the Kremlin leader will draw the necessary conclusions, using our weapons to hit sites that we have not so far taken. of aim.

A thrill, along the trajectory: the launch from Tu-95 strategic bombers flying over the Caspian Sea and one of the long-range cruise missiles has The Enerhoatom nuclear power plant in Pivdenno-Ukrayinska also reached an extremely low level, in the Mykolaiv region, 350 kilometers south of Kiev. The Russians have not yet understood – says a spokesman for the Ukrainian energy agency – that it is enough to drop a small fragment, on the plants, and we would be grappling with an atomic catastrophe and with out-of-control radiation.

The fear of a second attack on the capital has never been overcome. The mayor, Vitalyi Klitschko, considers it unlikely at the moment, but it is by no means excluded that Putin could try again: perhaps in the middle of summer, once the positions in the Donbass have been consolidated. For several weeks – just drive on the Kiev ring roads, to notice it -, hundreds of soldiers from the reserve are digging large trenches cutting through the woods, roads and villages around the city, mostly in the direction of Belarus. The metropolitan defense plan includes two lines, one close to the suburbs and another a few kilometers beyond, almost to include Bucha, Irpin and the places devastated by the March invasion.

Roman Kostenko, commander of the Ukrainian special forces and Deputy Minister of Defense, points out how the Belarusian dictator Aleksandar Lukashenko has been shaking in recent days: Ukrainian threats to his country, mobilized other troops along the 1,080 kilometers of common border, has never stopped supporting the Russian ones with logistics. We must not forget that even Belarus our enemy, says Kostenko, and more than by the forces of Moscow, fears about Kiev now come from the Minsk battalions.

According to a report from the Latvian secret services, dated May 27, a second attempt by Putin to attack the capital to be put in the way. I believe that a direct assault by Belarusians on Kiev is unlikely – a European diplomatic source in the capital tells us -, also because their military strength is not that of Putin. And to engage in a direct war in UkraineLukashenko knows it well, it means dangerously unguarded on the home front, where the machine of political repression requires forces and men. However, the psychological advantage / disadvantage of taking / losing Kiev should not be underestimated. The slap taken in early March, says Kostenko, still burns and Putin, perhaps, is anxious to make up for it.

At the start of the invasion, the Russian helicopter-carrying groups were either shot down or prevented from landing, Ukrainian military sources say, and this state the great failure in the siege of Kiev: the shock of finding a prepared anti-aircraft has terrified the Russians, who in fact are using a different strategy in the Donbass. When they attacked the capital – explains Kostenko -, Moscow hoped that a large part of the Ukrainian population would support the Russian army, avoiding a long-lasting war. Only a few skirmishes were expected at the airport and in the city. So much so that their long column of tanks had set off without communications, without coordination, without joint operations with the raiders. And came to be slaughtered.

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