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Expert: Urban warfare would give Ukraine distinct advantage over Russia

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Hundreds of civilians have already died during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But experts have warned that if Russia decided to engage in “urban warfare,” the death toll would quickly climb. 

“In order to be able to survive in urban warfare, you need a lot of that logistical support and you need constant resupply of military personnel because of how heavy a casualty it is, and how brutal of a fight it is,” said Dr. Rita Konaev, a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

Urban warfare deviates from traditional tactics. It takes place in and around cities that are congested with buildings and people as opposed to a battlefield between two or more states in open confrontation. 

”It also has typically a major ground operations component that includes artillery, so tanks and that type of offense as well,” Konaev said. “A major aspect of urban warfare is that it’s an infantry fight.”

Konaev believes urban warfare gives the advantage to the defender, where soldiers must navigate the close quarters of city streets and large buildings.

“Military operations in cities are very hard and complicated for the armed forces themselves, because they are vulnerable to snipers, they’re vulnerable to targeting from the taller buildings,” Konaev said.   

Because of the stress urban warfare places on the aggressor, Konaev believes Russia will continue with much of what it has been doing in Ukraine, shelling Ukraine’s cities from afar. 

”I think we have a long fight ahead of us, that is going to become increasingly more brutal.” she said. 

 

Annie Andersen: FROM KHARKIV..

TO MARIOPUL.. 

RUSSIA IS MAKING A PLAY FOR UKRAINE’S CITIES.

TAKE SOT-PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY

<<”A brutal, cynical missile strike has completely destroyed the airport.”>>

Annie Andersen: ALONG WITH BOMBS FROM ABOVE and shelling from outside..

MILITARY PERSONNEL CAN ALSO DEPLOY URBAN WARFARE

THAT’S WHEN TROOPS GO INTO CITIES TO ATTACK…

 IT’S AN INFANTRY FIGHT..

 THAT MEANS SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO CLEAR buildings – and homes. 

AND THEN MAKING SURE THEY STAY THAT WAY– usually by destroying them.

HOW is URBAN WARFARE IMPACTing the Russia Ukraine WAR?

LET ME EXPLAIN. 

URBAN WARFARE IS NOTHING NEW.

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<”it’s been an element of the Syrian civil war, as we’ve seen the destructions of cities like Aleppo.”>>

Annie Andersen: THAT’S DR. RITA KONAEV FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.

IN RECENT YEARS.. SHE SAYS URBAN WARFARE HAS BECOME MORE PREVALENT

AGGRESSORS KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING DOWN CENTERS OF INFLUENCE

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<”cities are where the power lives. Unfortunately, it is also where a lot of people live.”>>

Annie Andersen: Urban warfare changes the ATTACK on SEVERAL fronts. 

IT TURNS A WAR INTO A 3-D BATTLE

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<” they are vulnerable to snipers, they’re vulnerable to targeting from the taller buildings. And that three dimension aspect is also makes it harder to take that environment. So you’re not just progressing Horizontally, you have to, you know, keep moving up.”>>

Annie Andersen: INTELLIGENCE AND RECON ARE ALSO HARDER for the aggressor.

While DEFENDERS are in a better position by simply knowing the area. 

They are fighting on their own turf and they are determined to defend it. 

[sot Ukraine soldier

“They have a lot of people here, a lot of tanks, a lot of vehicles but we are fighting in our land and we protect our families so it doesn’t matter how they fight, we fight like lions and they won’t win.“

Annie Andersen: They CAN ALSO HEAD UNDERGROUND FOR PROTECTION-

SOMETHING MANY UKRAINIANS IN CITIES LIKE KYIV ARE DOING. 

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<”the underground becomes the most safest area in the city under attack, and is going to be significant for not only people survival, but Ukrainian resistance.”>>

Annie Andersen: KONAEV BELIEVES RUSSIA WILL STICK TO MUCH OF WHAT IS IS DOING..

 SHELLING UKRAINE’S CITIES FROM TANKS ON THE GROUND

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<”ground operations in urban warfare are extremely costly and casualty intense for the attacking force.BUTT TO We’re already seeing Russia struggle with logistics and resupply and support for its forces.”>> 

Annie Andersen: BUT SHE WARNS THAT DOESN’T MEAN THIS WAR WILL BE EASIER.

TAKE SOT- DR. MARGARITA KONAEV

<<”I think we have a long fight ahead of us, that is going to become increasingly more brutal.”>>

Annie Andersen: WHAT DO YOU THINK RUSSIA’S TACTIC WILL BE?

LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.

 

Hundreds of civilians have already died during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But experts have warned that if Russia decided to engage in “urban warfare,” the death toll would quickly climb. 

“In order to be able to survive in urban warfare, you need a lot of that logistical support and you need constant resupply of military personnel because of how heavy a casualty it is, and how brutal of a fight it is,” said Dr. Rita Konaev, a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

Urban warfare deviates from traditional tactics. It takes place in and around cities that are congested with buildings and people as opposed to a battlefield between two or more states in open confrontation. 

”It also has typically a major ground operations component that includes artillery, so tanks and that type of offense as well,” Konaev said. “A major aspect of urban warfare is that it’s an infantry fight.”

Konaev believes urban warfare gives the advantage to the defender, where soldiers must navigate the close quarters of city streets and large buildings.

“Military operations in cities are very hard and complicated for the armed forces themselves, because they are vulnerable to snipers, they’re vulnerable to targeting from the taller buildings,” Konaev said.   

Because of the stress urban warfare places on the aggressor, Konaev believes Russia will continue with much of what it has been doing in Ukraine, shelling Ukraine’s cities from afar. 

”I think we have a long fight ahead of us, that is going to become increasingly more brutal.” she said. 

 

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