Russia Escalates Use of Glide Bombs Targeting Ukraine's Critical Infrastructure

Russia's escalating attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure using new tactics like glide bombs and 'double-tap' method are considered war crimes, posing grave challenges for Ukraine's defense capabilities amid ammunition and air defense shortages.

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Russia Escalates Use of Glide Bombs Targeting Ukraine's Critical Infrastructure

Russia Escalates Use of Glide Bombs Targeting Ukraine's Critical Infrastructure

Russia has intensified its attacks on Ukraine's critical infrastructure, employing new tactics such as the use of glide bombs and a 'double-tap' method. The glide bombs are targeting civilian facilities like water treatment plants and electricity facilities, with the apparent intent of making certain regions in Ukraine uninhabitable. The 'double-tap' method involves sending an initial wave of attacks, waiting for emergency services or repair crews to respond, and then sending in another wave to wipe them out.

These tactics are considered war crimes, and Ukraine has already documented over 10,000 war crimes committed by Russia in the conflict. The populations around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, are at the highest risk of these attacks. Kharkiv has experienced over a dozen daily air alarms, with near-daily explosions that have destroyed over 20,000 buildings since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022.

Why this matters: Russia's escalating use of glide bombs and the 'double-tap' method in Ukraine raises serious concerns about the targeting of civilians and critical infrastructure. These tactics, considered war crimes under international law, have devastating consequences for the Ukrainian population and pose significant challenges for Ukraine's defense capabilities.

Ukraine's top military commander, Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, has warned that the situation on the eastern front has significantly worsened, with Russian forces pushing hard to exploit their growing advantage in ammunition, soldiers. Ukraine faces critical shortages of ammunition, well-trained troops, and air defenses. The lack of critical military supplies from the United States is forcing Ukrainian commanders to make difficult choices in deploying limited resources.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky emphasized that Ukraine continues to lack enough air defense systems to protect critical infrastructure. Ukraine suffers from a 1-to-10 artillery shell disadvantage, allowing Russian forces to push Ukrainian forces back each day. Delays in US military assistance have created shortages in Ukraine's air defense missile stockpiles and hindered its ability to adapt to evolving Russian strike packages.

Despite the challenges, Ukraine has struck back, attacking Russian radar systems in Bryansk Oblast and Zaporizhzhia Oblast, disrupting Russia's ability to detect Ukrainian weapons and air targets. Ukraine has also signed a mobilization bill to ramp up conscription efforts in 2024. However, Western officials believe Russia lacks the capability to launch a major offensive on Kharkiv without significant troop reinforcements.

In the midst of the ongoing war, latest, Ukraine faces an uphill battle against Russia's escalating attacks. President Zelensky has called for more air defense systems and weapons from Western allies to help balance the military capabilities. The people of Kharkiv and other regions remain resilient in the face of daily bombardments, but the toll on civilians grows each day. Ukraine is hoping that initiatives by European allies to secure artillery shells will alleviate the urgent need, but until then, more Ukrainian soldiers and civilians will continue to suffer the consequences of Russia's war crimes.

Key Takeaways

  • Russia uses new tactics like glide bombs and 'double-tap' attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure
  • These tactics are considered war crimes, with over 10,000 documented by Ukraine
  • Ukraine faces critical shortages of ammunition, troops, and air defenses against Russian attacks
  • Ukraine strikes back, disrupting Russian radar, but lacks capability to launch major offensives
  • Ukraine calls for more air defense systems and weapons from Western allies to balance capabilities