Security expert Christian Mölling believes that Ukraine's attacks on military bases deep in Russia are justified and a logical consequence of Russia's conduct of the war. Mölling says on Tuesday in the stern podcast "Ukraine – the situation": "Anyone who goes on the attack must in principle expect that all military targets in his country will be attacked."
The research director of the German Society for Foreign Relations argues that Russia cannot claim its own territory as a kind of retreat in which to prepare its strikes against Ukraine undisturbed. "If strategic bombers launch from Russia's hinterland to attack targets in Ukraine, then that is of course a veritable military target," he emphasized after the deployment of the Ukrainian armed forces against two air bases in Russia. "If you have the ability to take out those planes before they take off, so much the better."
Mölling points out that Ukraine apparently only attacked targets that are directly related to the Russian attacks. "Civilian centers are not attacked," he says. With the drone operations, the Ukrainians have shown that they "create new problems for the Russians on a military level". They would now have to think about how to protect their facilities in their own country. "It's a kind of defeat for Russia that you can't keep the war within Ukraine's borders." The whole thing also has a "symbolic part". However, it is not to be expected that such attacks would render airfields completely unusable, as experience from the Syrian war shows, for example.
According to the expert, the attacks in Russia do not depend on whether the systems used were supplied from the West or not. "I don't see that there would be a new quality here if these were systems from the West," he says, concerned that support for Ukraine could turn into direct participation in the war. And further: "The question is interesting: is this served from the west?"