Terrified Russians taking to bomb shelters as Ukrainian forces mass near border
Nine months after Vladimir Putin’s stormed into Ukraine for what was expected to be an easy victory, Russians are taking to bomb shelters as Ukrainian forces draw ever closer to the border between the two countries.
Signs pointing civilians to their nearest bomb shelter have spring up in Belgorod, which is just 25 miles from the border, and Rostov-On-Don, about 40 miles away.
Three people were killed in the Belgorod region last week by what Russian officials claim was a Ukrainian artillery attack.
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However, more surprisingly, new signs for bomb shelters have been spotted in the capital, Moscow, which is over 500 miles from Ukraine and even in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk – a key armaments hub some 2,000 miles from the Ukrainian border.
The Times reports that Russia ’s Security Council has recently ordered a full survey of the country’s Cold War era bomb shelters, most of which are incorporated into the basements of the country’s massive apartment blocks.
Any overt attempt by Ukraine to strike targets within Russia could weaken international support for President Zelenskyy.
According to the Institute for the Study of War, an American think tank, “Ukraine has no strategic interest in invading Russia and no ability to do so at such a scale”.
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Currently, Ukraine has no long-range weapons capable of targeting such remote locations.
A plan to supply Zelenskyy’s military with the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb system – a weapon delivery system that uses the M26 missile to carry a GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb warhead up to 100 miles is reportedly under consideration by The US Defence Department.
The Pentagon declined to comment on reports that it could provide GLSDBs to Ukraine, saying only that America and its allies “identify and consider the most appropriate systems”
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The Himar missiles previously supplied by the US to Ukraine have a range of up to 50 miles.
However, recent shipments of advanced weaponry to Ukraine have impacted the Pentagon’s commitment to support Taiwan – which is increasingly under threat of a Chinese invasion.
A shipment of US armaments to Taiwan worth some $18.7 billion, including 208 Javelin anti-tank weapons and 215 Stinger surface-to-air missiles, is significantly overdue, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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