Naval and land attacks.. The battles of Ukraine enter the “guerrilla” phase

Throughout May, the Ukrainian counterattack was a “guerrilla war” – according to Sky News Arabia’s military experts, as it came in many forms, including march attacks, fires, attempts to blow up a nuclear power plant and border breaches.

According to experts, Moscow is facing “frustration” at Ukraine’s “unexpected resistance”, considering its counterattack a “major adventure” in return for the preparation of the Russian army.

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Mykhailo Podolak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said the counterattack began several days ago and is continuing.

Fighting is raging along 1,500 kilometers of border, according to the Italian channel “Rai”. Ukraine will use Western weapons against the Russians to liberate Crimea and Donbass.

What are the signs of “guerrilla”?

Since the beginning of May, Russia has been the scene of bomb attacks and sabotage operations, which included the derailment of two freight trains and the burning of a fuel tank due to a drone attack, as well as the targeting of one of its ships in the Black Sea. Here are the most important of these operations:

Ukrainian forces shelled several areas of Donetsk province with 155mm and 152mm shells about 25 times, according to the Russian representative office in Donetsk. A fire broke out in one of the balconies, on Wednesday evening, of the building of the Russian Ministry of Defense on the Frunzenskaya embankment. A huge fire in the “Odintsovo” district on the outskirts of Moscow completely destroyed the “Akus” market for building materials. Attacks with rallies in Belgorod, Russia, on Thursday evening damaged vehicles, homes and public buildings in the area, including a gas pipeline, according to local governor Yachislav Gladkov. An infiltration attempt, sabotage attacks in Belgorod and the bombing of around 20 villages with missiles, killing one civilian, wounding 13 others and killing 70 fighters, according to the Kremlin. Ukrainian attack on the ship “Ivan Khors” of the Black Sea Fleet with drones in the Bosphorus Strait. An attempt to blow up nuclear power plants on Thursday by planting explosives weighing 36.5 kilograms in the Leningrad and Kalinin power plants. A grain freight train derailed between Chistenko and Pochtovoy stations in Simferopol, which was carried out by unknown persons, according to the governor of Sevastopol. A drone attack on Thursday on Sevastopol, and another with two planes on the forces of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Russia’s strict measures, including the deployment of nuclear weapons

Following these attacks, Moscow reacted with strict measures, including:

Destroy all boats that targeted the ship “Ivan Khors” in the Bosphorus Strait, according to the Russian defense. Projection rally last Tuesday in Belgorod. Evacuation of residents of 9 towns of Belgorod. Ukraine claimed responsibility for the drone attack on the Kremlin in early May. The Russian Federal Security Service has arrested two Ukrainians, Alexander Maistrok, born in 1978, and Eduard Usatenko, born in 1974. A third, Russian-Ukrainian Yuri Kishchak, is wanted, amid an attempt to target nuclear power plants. Destroy the Ukrainian strongholds, Thursday morning, on the Pervomaisky axis in Donetsk. Attacking the capital Kyiv with drones, according to the Ukrainian army. Russian bombardments of Ukrainian cities, including Kharkiv and Chernivtsi. The launch of 36 drones, overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, from the north and the south, according to President Volodymyr Zelensyy. The Swedish consulate closed and expelled 5 diplomats. Transported tactical nuclear weapons to Belarus. State Duma passes law imposing fines of up to one million rubles or imprisonment of up to 15 days for those who distribute or publish cards or photos questioning integrity territory of Russia. Russian authorities announced on Thursday evening that they had intercepted a Ukrainian missile in the Rostov region, on the border with Ukraine.

Mutual accusations between Russia and Ukraine

Commenting on the start of the Ukrainian counterattack, Russian State Duma deputy for the Crimea region Mikhail Sheremet said that the Kiev authorities:

He deceptively tries to create a false impression in the West about his abilities. If you consider the bombing and killing of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure as a counterattack, then now is the time to work in detail to neutralize Ukrainian formations and to launch tactical strikes on the western borders to cut off the weapons supply.

As for the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, he described the attempt to launch attacks against nuclear installations in Russia as hostile acts on the part of the Kiev regime.

On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday accused Russia of continuing to “terrorize” his country through the attacks it launched overnight.

According to Russian military expert Sergei Leonkov, “the West went to war directly against Russia, and not simply by providing aid to Ukraine”.

He described the counterattack as “may constitute suicide for the Ukrainians in light of Russia’s logistical and military fortifications, and it will be one of the greatest Western adventures”.

David Khalfa, a researcher at the Jean-Jaurès Foundation in Paris, said: “There is Russian frustration with the Ukrainian resistance, because he sees the threat the Russians face as their entry into a ‘guerrilla warfare’.”

As for Harlan Ullmann, a military expert and retired US Army officer, he says the Ukrainian counterattack could repeat the scenario of the Battle of the Bulge, in which Hitler’s forces were defeated.

Ulman added that the Russian army had the opportunity to turn this attack into a resounding defeat for the Kyiv army.

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Source: The Eastern Herald

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