Russia cannot take on NATO as yet and doing so would be foolish but this is an extreme escalation if true. Next thing you know drones will be based off airfields in Romania once they run out of Ukrainian pilots and Soviet-era jets.
What's probably needed is not knee-jerk revenge but a gradual expansion of the army through the formation of new battalions/brigades and their manning with some war-experienced vets, new volunteers and reservists, and gradually rotating them into the Ukraine to solidify them as combat formations and give everyone some experience. These can use some of the many vehicles and equipment in storage fitted with quick, cheap upgrades, and modern stuff where it's crucial (comms, UAVs, etc..)
NATO on the contrary will only have more cracks appear in it for as long as they're not directly engaged in the war yet their mercs are taking losses and their economies are suffering from inflation. One mustn't give them an excuse to mobilize society or whatever. The propaganda front and exposing Kiev's crimes is crucial here too.
The economy must not suffer though so any mobilization must still be pretty limited; just wide over the total pool, taking in reservists in parties for duty for a period 6 months or so until they're deposited back to civilian life. Such battalions can be put into reserve when they're not active, ready to be filled if full mobilization is called for.
But yes I don't see any Novorussia or any of that stuff, the entirety of the Ukraine will have to be taken otherwise NATO will find a way of keeping this war running forever. This must be done intelligently, by provoking mass surrenders, by destabilizing the regime in Kiev and solidifying peaceful life and jump-starting the economy in Ukrainian territory that has been taken under control.
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