Ukraine is capable of attacking the enemy at a long distance, and Russian air defense systems are much weaker than previously thought.
This was the conclusion reached by American and Australian military experts after analyzing the explosions at the Engels air base in the Saratov region and the Diaghilev airfield near Ryazan (Russia).
This was discussed in the material of the "Voice of America" publication.
If the strikes on Russian military bases were carried out by Ukrainian drones, this indicates that Ukraine's potential allows it to attack bases in occupied Crimea and liberate it in the near future.
"If now they are able to hit various bases around Crimea, for example, the Sevastopol air base and the Navy base, then this means, in my opinion, that the Russian forces are not able to hold Crimea. After all, it is obvious that the Ukrainians intend to liberate Crimea by the end of the summer." , said General and former commander of US forces in Europe Ben Godges.
Another military expert, retired US Army Major Mike Lyons, also said that the attack on the base in Kursk, near the Ukrainian border, on the second day after the attack on the bases in the Saratov region and in Ryazan, if it was indeed carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, shows that Ukraine sends a signal: she has the capability for such attacks.
According to him, the attacks were very accurate, although "it is very difficult to hit a target at a distance of 700 km."
According to Lyons, the Russian air defense forces turned out to be much weaker than the American military had previously believed during the Cold War.
"To pass through Russian air defense platforms was simply unheard of during the Cold War. For us, for NATO, it was simply impossible. And also psychologically, the fact that Ukraine can take these drones, the technology of the 1970s, get rid of cameras, other things, and add other opportunities, this gives Ukraine a very big advantage," the expert noted.
According to him, this means that the Russian army must now protect its military facilities, in particular, airfields, deep in the territory of the Russian Federation.
Another military expert, retired Australian Army Major General Mick Ryan, of the Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that "as a result of this strike, Russia may have to reconsider its defense posture," that is, move airfields for strategic bombers much further from the borders of Ukraine.
"There are many airfields, command centers and logistics facilities located much closer to Ukraine that are now at risk," Ryan said.
Let's add that on December 5, explosions rang out at the Diaghilev and Engels airfields in Russia.
Two Russian Tu-95.
It is from such aircraft carriers that the enemy attacks Ukraine with missiles.
Four Russian soldiers died as a result of the explosions.
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