Backman wrote:An ammunition depot in a military unit in Zhytomyr, where Javelin and NLOW were stored, was destroyed by a long-range precision weapon — Russian Defense Ministry
This conflict is going to become very important for Russia , because not only will disarm ukraine
and take control over it forever , helping Russia nation security and pushing NATO away from it.
But it will be a major experience for the Russian army , to prepare them for potential wars in europe
that Russia could face , like baltics and poland in case kaliningrad attacked.
Even though most of europe , major powers are better armed and trainned than ukraine , still the experience the russian army will get is invaluable for their military , and russia army will definitively become much more stronger ,veteran and experienced fighting versus big countries in europe armed with modern NATO weapons.
i have no doubts the Russian general staff ,will pressure for the capture of the entire western border of ukraine to seal it from any weapons smuggling and more importantly connect with transnistria ,because if Russia can do that , it will stop any NATO attempt to provoke a war there. it will be pointless if russia can easily help them. and if Russia army capture the borders with hungary , then it will become a major opportunity to supply serbia with goods and weapons in case is attacked by NATO. but also supply hungary with pharma products from russia ,like sputnik vaccines . it will also
help hungary to have clear road to the russian army positions , so allowing russian army to supply
hungary with weapons ,food and energy and even free trade with hungary in case the EU or nato betray them ,and seek to starve their economy. Capturing ukraine borders to hungary will significantly enhance hungary capabilities for become the door for russia and chinese goods.. since now most of the european union will be blocking their airspace to russia and likely china too.
Since Russia will be under permanent war sanctions with the west ,they have nothing to lose by refusing to cooperate on anything with the west.. they are at war with russia ,and they provoked this conflict ,so russia have nothing to install a puppet government in kiev and run ukraine in any way it please.
What Russia should do , is to turn this major inconvenient conflict that NATO created for Russia ,
into a major blessing for Russia . because for the first time Russia have a huge opportunity , to
break the famous NATO iron curtain ,if the russian army manage to control the entire western border
of ukraine from odessa to the border with hungary. this will allow Russia to not only bypass european sanctions on russia by creating a russian controlled land route to transnistria/moldova but also an super important land route to the friendly hungary. And with the right diplomacy ,it will allow russia to bypass europe air blockade to russia because if hungary allows it, russia use that country as a bridge to connect to serbia and other european nations to bypass european sanctions and or for providing them security. if i was russia , i will try to lure Hungary towards the russian orbit. Russia needs allies , that could allow russia military to freely move deep inside europe but also sell its energy directly to central europe . Now that russia will control the ukraine pipeline , Russia can offer hungary to become the major energy hub of russian natural gas to all europe . there is lots of opportunities , for russia in ukraine ,to for the first time bypass western sanctions and lure many countries in central europe towards russian orbit ,at least for a trade alliance ,using alternative payment transfer system russia created ,bypassing the sanctions.