A U.S. senior military official, commenting on Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure, said that the goal Russia is trying to achieve is to instill terror and create panic, according to a statement published on Oct. 17.
The Pentagon official said the Russian forces launch strikes on civilians “to instill terror, and try to create panic/fear, with the idea that somehow this is going to decrease the resolve of the Ukrainian people.”
That morning, Russia had conducted a mass suicide drone attack against Kyiv. After the first attack, a fire broke out in a non-residential building, several residential buildings were damaged. Later, at 8:00 am, new strikes were reported in the city’s central Shevchenko district, where a drone impacted an apartment building – killing at least three people and injuring four more. Among the dead were a six-month pregnant woman and her husband.
“I will tell you, if you look back in history at airpower campaigns, conducting these types of campaigns trying to strike at the psychological aspect of trying to power people down, it doesn't work,” the Pentagon official noted.
“And if anything, you've seen that with the Ukrainians, it has increased their result.”
The official added that U.S. support for the country will continue.
An attack on a power station in Zhytomyr on the night of Oct. 18 left two persons injured. On the same night, Russia struck Zaporizhzhia with missiles and a kamikaze drone, causing a fire at an infrastructure facility. Mykolaiv was also hit with S-300 missiles, leaving one person dead.
The Russian forces hit the capital city of Kyiv again on the morning of Oct. 18 – at least three hits were recorded on a power station on the left bank of the Dnipro river.