Russia’s new missile strike doctrine marks another phase of war, Polish ambassador says
Bartosz Cichocki (Photo:UN Geneva/www.flickr.com)
The Oct. 10 barrage of Russian air and missile strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure has shifted the war into a new stage, Polish Ambassador to Ukraine Bartosz Cichocki told Polish radio station RMF FM on Oct. 11.
“The metro stations and shelters are full again; people have remembered that they need to take air raid alarms seriously,” Cichocki said.
According to the ambassador, from the very beginning Ukrainians have been aware that Russia is not waging this war to simply grab some bits of Ukrainian territory.
“The (Russian) goal is to destroy Ukraine as a state, bring it to its knees, seize power, establish a puppet government,” he noted.
“What started yesterday – a new phase of the war – is new in tactical terms, but not in strategic terms for Ukraine.”
The diplomat noted that the nuclear threats made by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin should be taken seriously.
"The international community should send a clear signal to Russia today that this is a line that cannot be crossed and should not be influenced by what an accidental passer-by thinks about it," Cichocki stated.
In the morning on Oct. 10, Russia conducted one of the most massive missiles strikes on Ukraine. There are dead and wounded in Kyiv and other cities. Critical civilian infrastructure across the country was damaged.
Additionally, the Russians struck energy facilities in Kyiv and a number of oblasts, including Lviv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnitsa, Khmelnit-sky, Ivano-Frankivsk, Sumy, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, and Kirovohrad.
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