Cable cutting being disruptive would be precisely the point.
The immediate response would likely be cutting Russian access to the internet and other international "services" which would be rather damaging for Russia.
The core problem I have is that it is destructive and apart from damaging the west it really does not help Russia at all.
Severing ties with the west on teh other hand forces Russian companies to become more independent and also will break routes through which the west can try to corrupt Russia like their NGOs and funding.
The adversary not being able to respond symmtrically would put them in a difficult position.
They can respond symmetrically... Russia has underwater communications cables too.
She also has underwater Sonar bed arrays the west could damage too.
Russia does not even have any other kind of infrastructure that could be attacked in a similar
manner w/o going for all-out nuclear war. The problem for the adversary is that it's all on land.
Pretty sure it is not all on land.
Trying to do something equally disruptive to the power grid or similar would require far greater
resources than just a few missiles or so, and it would incur gigantic collateral damage.
Retaliation to the collateral damage would be guaranteed.
All the sanctions the west has imposed on Russia these last 20 odd years have been aimed at causing an economic collapse... do you really think they care about collateral damage? When the US blocks medicine access to Iran do you think they care about the cancer patients and other sick Iranians who can no longer get the medication they need to stay alive?
Russia should not be fighting the west, Russia should just separate itself as much as it can and just keep interactions with the west to a bare minimum and look to the rest of the world for trade and growth and development.
be uncontrollable. Cities would burn w/o Russia firing anymore missiles.
And the western elite, the western oligarchs that are in control would love that... I am surprised they haven't done it themselves and blamed the Russians or Chinese for it... no matter how it happens Russia will get the blame.
The west being destroyed is not something the Russians are seeking... they are not interested in saving it, but equally are not seeking its destruction.
A civil war in the US would be brutal and bloody and would lead to large numbers of weapons including nuclear weapons falling into the hands of who knows who.
World economic chaos is not something Russia benefits from.... Russia wants to trade... wars are the wests chosen form of gaining resources it would not otherwise have control of.... whether it is oil or minerals or poppy fields.