90% of Ukrainians believe it is necessary to strike Russian territory – poll

24 February, 04:08 PM
Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Ukrainian military (Photo:REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Some 90% of Ukrainians believe that it is necessary for Ukraine’s military to carry out strikes on the territory of Russia, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

While 38% believe that it is necessary to hit only military objects, almost the same number (39%) consider it necessary to attack both military objects and energy infrastructure facilities, a press release on the survey issued on Feb. 24 reads.

In addition, 13% of respondents believe that Ukraine should strike all objects, including civilian ones, just as Russia is doing in Ukraine.

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Only 7% of respondents oppose attacks on Russia.

In early January 2023, Ukraine’s Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said that strikes on the territory of Russian would be “deeper and deeper. ”However, he did not say that Ukraine had been responsible for earlier strikes on Russian air bases.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Feb. 2 that Ukraine had guaranteed to its partners that it would not use Western-supplied weapons to attack Russian territory.

An unknown drone crashed on Dec. 5, 2022, on the runway of the Engels-2 airfield in Russia’s Saratov Oblast. Satellite images subsequently showed there was damage to at least one Tu-95 bomber.

On the same day, a gas tanker exploded at an airfield near Ryazan. Three Russian soldiers were killed and four more were injured in the incidents, according to reports by the Russian Defense Ministry.

After that, on the night of Dec. 26, another powerful explosion occurred at the Engels-2 air base. According to Ukrainian intelligence, at least three Russians were killed.

Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat called the Dec. 26 explosions “the consequences of Russian aggression.” He also reported that in connection with the incidents, Russia has redeployed its strategic aircraft.

Ukrainian authorities have not directly commented on possible Ukrainian involvement in the explosions.

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