After a year of war and brutal genocide in Ukraine, Russia does not appear to be any closer to conquering Kyiv than they were last February. This, despite their belief that Ukraine would fall to the invading Russian army within 13-72 hours of the start of the invasion.
Now, just days after the one-year anniversary of the conflict, a bold new line has been crossed, as Ukraine begins to strike targets within Russia herself.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the border with Ukraine tightened Tuesday after several drones attacked inside Russian territory, including one that crashed just 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Moscow in an alarming development for Russian defenses.
The drones caused no injuries but raised questions about the Kremlin’s security more than a year after Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor.
The use of Ukrainian drones against targets inside Russia appears to be on the rise.
Russian forces early Tuesday shot down a Ukrainian drone over the Bryansk region, local Gov. Aleksandr Bogomaz said in a Telegram post.
Three drones also targeted Russia’s Belgorod region on Monday night, with one flying through an apartment window in its namesake capital, local authorities reported. Regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said the drones caused minor damage to buildings and cars.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine used drones to attack facilities in the Krasnodar region and neighboring Adygea. It said the drones were brought down by electronic warfare assets, adding that one of them crashed into a field and another diverted from its flight path and missed an infrastructure facility it was supposed to attack.
The news unfortunately lends gravity to the nuclear threats that continue to spew forth from the Kremlin, with many within Vladimir Putin’s inner circle reminding the world about Russia’s preemptive atomic-strike doctrine.
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