“The West must give Ukraine permission to attack targets in Russia”

“The West must give Ukraine permission to attack targets in Russia”

internationalJuly 9, 2024 14:25Author: Mark Van Harveld

The West must allow the expanded use of the weapons it supplies to Ukraine, says the former director of the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD), Peter Kobylinz. “Of course, we can send Patriot missiles and air defense missiles as much as we want, but it is military practice to return to the source. So the attack in Russia.

“The West must give Ukraine permission to attack targets in Russia”

It shows that the Russians are mercilessly attacking civilian targets, says former MIVD chief Peter Kobylinz. (National News Agency / Associated Press)

The former intelligence chief is siding with former commander of the armed forces Dick Berlin, who advocates attacking the launch facilities, factory, and logistics lines on X so that attacks like the one on the children’s hospital can be prevented.

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“It shows that the Russians are mercilessly attacking civilian targets.”

Peter Koblenz, former member of the MIVD

hard approach

“With just Patriot missiles, you’re really at the end of the road to stopping these things. It’s better to make sure they’re not there in the first place or they can’t shoot them. Or at least they should be nervous about it. Now they can do whatever they want, and they’re not going to get attacked in Russia. That has to change. Militarily, it’s not sustainable,” Kobelins said. “We have to address the root of the problem,” which means “expanding the range of weapons we provide.”

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Russians are lying

Ukraine and Russia are at odds over who was responsible for the attack: Kyiv claims it was a Russian cruise missile, while Moscow says it was a Ukrainian air defense target. Kobylin believes the Russians are lying. “The footage was taken by a passerby and you can clearly see that the missile is actually flying. The Russians’ story that it was an anti-aircraft missile is a strange story. If an anti-aircraft missile misses its target, it explodes. So I think what the Russians said is far from the truth.”

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