Russian President Vladimir Putin may escalate the ongoing war and bomb Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure in response to Kiev’s recent successes in his counter-offensives, a US lawmaker said Tuesday.
Speaking to CNN’s Brianna Keilar, I-Maine Senator Angus King said the risk of Putin bombing Ukrainian civilians “the more he’s cornered” is increasing due to Kiev’s successes in counter-offensives in the south and northeast of that country Country.
“The paradox of the situation we’re in right now is that the better Ukrainians do, the more dangerous Putin becomes — the more cornered he becomes,” King said.
The Maine senator also said the risk is increasing as Moscow’s inner circle is pressuring Putin to take more action on the conflict.
“Its pattern in Aleppo, Syria, Grozny [and] Chechnya bombed them. Civilians, carpet bomb,” King added. “I think the most likely next step is for Putin to step up attacks on civilian infrastructure.”
King’s interview comes as the Ukrainian army continues to retake its territory from Russian forces. As of September 15, Kyiv’s forces had liberated 388 settlements and over 3,200 square miles of territory in Kharkiv Oblast.
Some settlements in Donetsk region were also liberated by soldiers of Ukraine’s 81st Airborne Assault Brigade, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a daily address. It is unclear which settlements were recaptured by the Russian troops.
The Ukrainian army’s counter-offensives have forced Russian soldiers to retreat from several positions, abandoning their ammunition and war equipment, including T-72 tanks. Ukrainian soldiers are now using the abandoned Russian tanks to secure their counter-offensive while attempting to advance into the occupied Luhansk region, the War Research Institute said in a press release, citing a Russian source.
“The initial panic of the counter-offensive prompted Russian troops to abandon higher-quality and functional equipment rather than the more damaged equipment left behind by Russian forces when withdrawing from Kyiv in April, further highlighting the severity of the Russian defeat,” the press release said read.
The Institute for the Study of War also noted that Moscow’s military “attempted to mobilize additional forces” but failed to “generate significant combat capability.”
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/more-dangerous-putin-could-bomb-crap-out-civilians-answer-ukraines-success-1838578?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution ‘Dangerous’ Putin could ‘bomb out’ civilians in response to Ukraine’s success