Russia ‘showing level of desperation’ says Bell
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Military analyst Sean Bell has described Vladimir Putin’s recent moves to fire and replace senior military officials as a sign of “desperation.” Putin has replaced the generals leading Russia’s invasion of Ukraine amid a series of embarrassing defeats at the hands of Ukrainian forces.
Mr Bell told Sky News: “It has all been happening in the last ten days which after eight months of war – Why now?
“In the context of Russia’s military forces are struggling they have been conceding ground despite mobilising they are still not making any progress.
“And Putin has very limited options at the moment so he can’t do very much on the ground.
“So he is seeing what he can do in the air, doing what he can and let’s be clear energy is not a military target it is designed to specifically target the population.
“The Kamikaze drones which we have been hearing about the last couple of days very reminiscent of the doodlebugs of World War II.
“They are a terror weapon and I think that just shows the desperation and particularly four out of the five generals that started this war, running this war for Russia have been fired.”
“Shows a level of desperation,” he added.
Although Ukraine is successfully prosecuting counter-offensives against Russian forces in the east and the south, it is struggling to protect power generating facilities and other utilities from Russian missile and drone strikes which appear designed to disrupt and demoralise as winter approaches.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz accused Putin of using energy and hunger as weapons.
“Scorched earth tactics will not help Russia win the war.
They will only strengthen the unity and resolve of Ukraine and its partners,” Scholz told the German parliament.
Russia’s defence ministry said it was again targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure, a strategy it has stepped up since the appointment this month of Sergei Surovikin – nicknamed “General Armageddon” by the Russian media because of his alleged toughness – as commander of what Moscow called its “special military operation” in Ukraine.
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Meanwhile, people across Ukraine were trying to adapt after the government placed restrictions on electricity usage nationwide for the first time since Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion following a barrage of attacks which President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said had struck a third of all power plants.
Ukraine‘s energy minister said the government was seeking a 20 percent reduction in energy use.
Herman Halushchenko, the minister, told Ukrainian TV that Russia had carried out more than 300 air strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities since Oct. 10.
“We see a voluntary decrease [in electricity consumption]. But when it is not enough, we are forced to bring in forced shutdowns,” he said.
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