Russia has not forgotten about the northern directions, but in modern conditions it is physically unable to create a strike force there.
The Russian army for a long period of time is forced to forget about the repeated invasion of the northern regions of Ukraine, including from the territory of Belarus.
This was told by military expert Sergei Grabsky on the air of the TV channel Freedom.
According to him, Russia has not forgotten about these areas as such, but in modern conditions it is physically unable to create a strike force there.
“Let’s remember the “hothouse times” when they created a grouping there: it took them almost a year to draw up forces and means. We are talking about the period from March 2021 to February 2022, when they gathered troops there. Today they are physically unable to collect enough contingent to create a strike force there. But this does not mean that they have completely forgotten about it,” Grabsky believes.
At the same time, the expert noted, Russia will continue shelling the border settlements in order to divert Ukrainian troops from the eastern and southern directions.
“The pinning operation, the so-called” harassing fire “will be an objective reality in order to hold our units, which, from our point of view, could be used more effectively in other directions. We are forced to keep them there in order to repel enemy attacks and possible penetration attempts on our territory,” says Grabsky.
There is no concentration of Russian ground forces on the territory of Belarus, however, enemy air forces are active there.
“But no one canceled the actions of sabotage and reconnaissance groups, attempts to penetrate and provocation in the airspace of Ukraine. The situation remains tense, but from a strategic point of view, we do not yet consider the conduct of hostilities in that direction as something already obvious, but we are forced to keep certain forces there and means,” Grabsky noted.
Russia’s war against Ukraine
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian troops broke into Ukraine early in the morning on February 24. Including from the territory of Belarus, which Lukashenka kindly handed over to the Russian invaders. The Kremlin did not declare war on Ukraine, but called the full-scale aggression a “special operation” aimed, in particular, at the “denazification” and “demilitarization” of the Ukrainian state.
With unprecedented audacity and cruelty, the invaders are shelling residential areas of Ukrainian cities and towns using artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and ballistic missiles. Also in the occupied areas, Russians commit war crimes by torturing and brutally killing civilians.
Vladimir Putin argued that the ultimate goal of the war in Ukraine was allegedly to protect the Donbass and create conditions that would guarantee the security of the Russian Federation.
The initial Russian attempt to capture Kyiv in a lightning assault was thwarted, forcing the Russian army to regroup and focus on an artillery campaign in the east. Bilateral ceasefire talks broke down after evidence of war crimes committed by the Russian occupation forces in April was uncovered.
Russia’s actions were condemned by Western countries, which imposed sanctions against Moscow. However, the “Buchan executioners” are paid by the Russian “Gazprombank”, which has so far escaped large-scale sanctions from the West.