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Is It Possible to Say russia’s Missile Attack Is the Revenge for Explosions at Airfields With Tu-95MS and Tu-160 Bombers

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NASAMS missile launch / Illustrative photo from open sources
NASAMS missile launch / Illustrative photo from open sources

Ukraine’s air defense capabilities demonstrated excellent effectiveness during russia’s missile attack on December 5

Yesterday, December 5, russia’s troops conducted another large-scale missile attack on Ukraine and launched dozens of their missiles, though most of them were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense. And here a rather ambiguous thesis emerged that this russia’s missile attack on Ukraine is supposedly "revenge" for "fuel trucks" and "cigarettes" that fell on the airfields of the russian federation.

However, as Detector Media points out, the thesis about "strikes as revenge" is actively promoted primarily by russia’s propagandists: they say that strikes on the infrastructure of Ukraine are not a deliberate terror of the russian federation, but "the consequences of the actions of the military and political leadership of Ukraine."

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And in fact, the main argument is the following: the last russia’s large-scale missile attack was on November 23, and Defense Express has already analyzed before: in order to accumulate missiles for a large-scale attack, as well as in general to prepare for a new strike, in particular to carry out preliminary reconnaissance, russia actually needs about two weeks.

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Kalibr cruise missile launch / Illustrative photo from open sources

Also, mentioning russia’s "love" for symbolism: yesterday was the anniversary of the signing of the Budapest Memorandum, which was signed 28 years ago on December 5, 1994. Therefore, as we can see, there can always be a "pretext" for a missile strike in the russian federation.

Another argument about "strikes as revenge" can be that the strike was not planned, and because of this, it seemed quite a "failure" for the invaders, who didn’t prepare properly: over 60 of the more than 70 missiles launched were shot down, which is at least 85%.

However, it is worth remembering that the downed russian missiles are primarily the professional work of Ukraine’s air defense units. Ukraine already has such modern anti-aircraft missile systems as NASAMS and IRIS-T in service, and it is obvious that Ukraine’s units will gain more experience with each russia’s missile strike and more effectively counter the russian missile threat.

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