About 13 drones targeted the Russian capital, Moscow, yesterday, 8 of them were shot down, while the rest hit buildings in some suburbs that are classified as somewhat upscale.
Also on Wednesday morning, these drone attacks were repeated, this time targeting an oil refinery in a town near the border, in southern Russia, for the third time in a week, which damaged several buildings and set fire to some cars.
But what is the message from those attacks at this particular time?
It seems that the Ukrainian authorities decided, as part of their counter-attack, to prove the Kiev-Moscow equation from now on.
It also wanted, according to some experts and observers, to create a psychological effect. Especially since many Russians—not least the wealthier elites in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg—believed that the war was somehow out of touch with their daily lives and threatening them.
Moscow after the drone attacks on May 30, 2023 (Reuters)
While a number of other observers considered that some of the march attacks come within what is called “formation operations or feeling the pulse and monitoring” before the counterattack, including an attempt to target infrastructure and logistical services, according to what the Telegraph newspaper reported.
in your own home
As for the second message that Kiev wanted to convey through these attacks, it stated, “We are able to transfer the war to your lands and your home,” and to confirm that the Ukrainian forces are able to circumvent Russian air defenses frequently, and thus have the ability to strike the Russian depth.
While the type of drones used in the attack has not yet been officially determined, it is clear that it was a long-range drone carrying explosives.
While some of the video clips taken for those marches showed great resemblance to the UJ-22 that Ukraine unveiled in 2021, it is a small drone, with a range of 800 km and can carry up to 20 kg (44 lbs) of explosives.!
It is noteworthy that Kiev had confirmed yesterday that it had nothing to do with these surprise attacks, but one of the advisors to the Ukrainian president indicated at the same time that he enjoyed and was happy to see these marches!
Moscow has repeatedly asserted that Ukrainian fingers are behind these attacks.