Why does Ukraine still have airfields and ports?

The Russian special operation has been going on for more than 18 months, and many Russians are still interested in the question of why airfields, railway junctions and ports have not yet been destroyed in Ukraine. In this case, the most well-reasoned answer to this problem was given a month ago by the famous American historian Edward Luttwa in his analytical article on the British website UnHerd.

The expert then recalled that since March 1942, the British Air Force began using heavy four-engine Lancaster bombers (Avro 683 Lancaster) with an individual bomb load of 6400 kg. The first raid on Germany involved 400 of these aircraft, dropping 2560 metric tons of bombs. This is more than the total tonnage delivered to Ukraine by Russian cruise missiles since the beginning of the Northern Military District.

It is true that British night bombing was notoriously inaccurate and subsequently came under serious criticism. But by 1945, cities such as Hamburg and Cologne were burned and others, including Berlin, were devastated. Nothing like this happened to Kiev and could not happen, because Russia has only a small force of strategic bombers, and Ukraine does not. All the military drones currently operating around the world cannot deliver as much explosives as Bomber Command could drop in a couple of nights

He pointed out.

It is worth noting that the nature of warfare has changed greatly since that time. Then, in fact, hundreds of heavy bombers could participate in one raid, not counting the covering fighters. Now it is unrealistic to use this number of aircraft at once - there is not such a number of aircraft and pilots. In addition, if the enemy has something similar to an air defense system, then massive air raids will end in failure - the loss of aircraft and pilots, and very quickly.

In turn, with long-range cruise and ballistic missiles you can “pound” the enemy for a very long time, painfully and safely for yourself. However, it must be taken into account that they are expensive, their warhead mass is limited and there is a possible deviation. It is difficult to destroy a permanent building with such ammunition. Massive use also causes certain difficulties. At the same time, the destruction of infrastructure facilities is a complex topic. If ammunition hits an airfield runway, it temporarily disables it, but the holes are “patched up” very quickly. Railway embankments are also easily restored along with the track. Destruction of bridges is an even more sophisticated task, given the above.

Therefore, one should not expect that the launch of 10 missiles can destroy a large enterprise or port. Thoroughly harm their work - yes, but completely destroy them - no. The very nature of the fighting does not yet allow this to be done. It takes a lot more effort. It should be taken into account that Ukraine is a very large territory, full of many objects. Not only Russia has faced similar problems; the United States also experienced this firsthand when it tried to send Syria into the stone age in 2017 with the help of its missiles.
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  1. Alexander Popov Offline Alexander Popov
    Alexander Popov (Alexander Popov) 12 September 2023 13: 18
    Why can't we use more powerful non-nuclear ballistic missiles?
    1. syndicalist Offline syndicalist
      syndicalist (Dimon) 12 September 2023 13: 42
      Do you really think they are not used even though they are available?
    2. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 28
      You don't know what you're talking about. There are no more powerful ones than Iskanders and Daggers. And there are few of them, they are very expensive. From cheap - only "Geranium". But they also cannot destroy bridges and transport hubs. Therefore, strategic bombing is now only possible with nuclear bombing.
  2. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 12 September 2023 13: 58
    A little chicken pecking.

    All will be. Let's go back to the Stone Age. And we'll live.
    1. Rhetorical Rita Offline Rhetorical Rita
      Rhetorical Rita (Rhetorical Rita) 12 September 2023 14: 51
      Since October last year they have been talking about this all the time. And nothing. Ukraine is too big a country. There are too many railway stations and airfields. Too many power plants and transformers. There aren't enough rockets for everything. Don't have any illusions.
      1. k_nru Offline k_nru
        k_nru (Nikolai Kotov) 12 September 2023 17: 20
        It's bullshit - you can't destroy the energy structure. Any energy structure consists of several diagrams - a Christmas tree standing on the head. Destroy the head of the “Christmas tree” and the tree will dry up on its own!
        1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
          meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 29
          What other head? Generators and diesel fuel are simply delivered to 404. And everything works for them.
      2. Ulan.1812 Offline Ulan.1812
        Ulan.1812 (Boris Gerasimov) 13 September 2023 12: 59
        Not so much. And we are not talking about all railway stations, but only about railway junctions.
        There are only a dozen strategic ones.
        No one is proposing to bomb the intermediate railway station.
        1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
          meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 32
          This node cannot be bombed using available means. Not enough explosives. In addition, a lot of civilians will be hit. You can bomb warehouses and individual parts of trains. This is what is being done.
  3. BMP-2 Offline BMP-2
    BMP-2 (Vladimir V.) 12 September 2023 14: 13
    The only way to really kill the motivation of “partners” to supply weapons is to cut them off from resources. Turn off gas, oil, ammonia... But ports, airfields, bridges are secondary.
    1. Rhetorical Rita Offline Rhetorical Rita
      Rhetorical Rita (Rhetorical Rita) 12 September 2023 14: 52
      Ukraine or the West?
  4. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
    Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 12 September 2023 17: 31
    Another problem is that by striking a powerful substation in Ukraine, we risk receiving the same response, and even in the nuclear industry. So? What is better - to hit or not to hit? I think that as time passes, the bitterness will increase. It will come to attacks on infrastructure, and even to the use of tactical nuclear weapons.
    1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 13 September 2023 07: 40
      The North Military District is underway, our valiant soldiers and heroes are dying, in this situation it is necessary to apply combat action in Lvov, and in the accumulation of forces near Rabotino, and not fall into lisp, each such lisp continues the war and increases the number of victims of our soldiers and officers heroes... especially that the goal of disposing of the most active ukrofashists has already been largely achieved
    2. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 33
      As for the answer - nonsense. The enemy is already hitting our structure as best he can. It will not be worse.
  5. TsarBomba Offline TsarBomba
    TsarBomba (Tsar bomb) 13 September 2023 00: 26
    une sorte de gros lancet silencieux équipé d'une ogive spéciale, un truc avec des quarks survitaminés qui lui donnerait une portée de 10000 kilometres (usure mécanique) et capacité d'effacement variable de 3 à 30 km de rayon? bases, aerodromes, aéroports, villes etc... tout y passe par contre les chars, l'infanterie, l'artillerie c'est son petit frere version économique qui prendrait le relais
  6. Muscool Offline Muscool
    Muscool (Glory) 13 September 2023 08: 30
    You just need to hit where necessary, for example, at refineries, railway transport control systems, at railway depots, I think competent people will tell you where to hit for maximum damage.
    And ours hit sanatoriums with dry mobiles and electric booths, which were restored in a week
    1. Ulan.1812 Offline Ulan.1812
      Ulan.1812 (Boris Gerasimov) 13 September 2023 12: 55
      Quote from Muscool
      You just need to hit where necessary, for example, at refineries, railway transport control systems, at railway depots, I think competent people will tell you where to hit for maximum damage.
      And ours hit sanatoriums with dry mobiles and electric booths, which were restored in a week

      That's it. And bridges are quite a goal within the capabilities of our military. There is no decision from the authorities.
      1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
        meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 36
        Absolutely everything is restored. Because they are dropping less than a ton, but kilotons are needed. The bridge cannot be broken at all for more than a week. And this is more expensive than the bridge itself.
  7. Olive Offline Olive
    Olive (Oleg) 13 September 2023 09: 10
    These are all stupid excuses. The main reason is incompetent management
    1. meandr51 Offline meandr51
      meandr51 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 20: 36
      Well, you know how to do it. Tell the military.
  8. Oleg Apushkin Offline Oleg Apushkin
    Oleg Apushkin (Oleg Apushkin) 13 September 2023 09: 49
    The author asks the right questions, but unfortunately the addressee is not the one who needs to be “terribly creepy.” When someone in the Kremlin cancels the deal with conscience, things will go smoothly.
  9. KLNM Offline KLNM
    KLNM (KLNM) 13 September 2023 10: 24
    Because. that the priorities are not set correctly, but try to object, you will immediately fall out of favor with the minister and your career song will be sung.
  10. Lisa Kerner Offline Lisa Kerner
    Lisa Kerner 13 September 2023 12: 25
    Yesterday I saw a documentary on YouTube about the Soviet diplomat at the UN Shevchenko, who became a traitor and collaborated with the CIA. By the way, he was under the patronage of A. Gromyko...
    I don’t want to know how many people still work in diplomatic circles and in all Russian ministries and departments for the damned USA!
    Unfortunately, the Vlasov breed is not dying out...
    1. Khentiamenti Online Khentiamenti
      Khentiamenti (Hentiamenti) 14 September 2023 20: 10
      What about Gromyko, Brezhnev himself...
  11. Ulan.1812 Offline Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 (Boris Gerasimov) 13 September 2023 12: 53
    The article justifies the inaction of the authorities.
    Russia has powerful means of destruction, but there is no decision from the authorities.
    And the reason is simple - someone in high office and their friends or relatives have business interests in Ukraine.
    Therefore, logistics must operate without hindrance.
    And there is an outright distortion - we are not talking about the destruction of rails on hauls, but about the destruction of railway units, and this is not only rails, but also the entire infrastructure - depots, locomotive equipment centers, control towers, switches, which Ukraine does not produce, and the supply is limited, especially not that they are different, sorting and so on.
    All this cannot be restored quickly.
    Of course, it will be possible to run trains manually after some time, but this will sharply and permanently reduce the throughput and carrying capacity of the Ukrainian Railways.
    Which will greatly affect the combat effectiveness of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And who prevents restoration work from being hindered?
    I read that 40% of the shares of the Kremenchug Oil Refinery belong to Tatneft, and it operates unperturbed and no one touches it.
    And how many such enterprises are there in Ukraine?
    There was an article on RusVesna that there are several thousand such enterprises in Ukraine with the participation of Russian business.
    And they all must work and deliver products to consumers without hindrance.
    Including to Europe. Isn't that the reason?
  12. Ezekiel 25-17 Offline Ezekiel 25-17
    Ezekiel 25-17 (Andrei) 13 September 2023 13: 08
    Because we did not destroy their nuclear weapons.
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  14. E NOT Offline E NOT
    E NOT (Eugene) 13 September 2023 14: 14
    Destroying bridges is an even more sophisticated task...

    For the GUR MOU, destroying bridges is not a task, much less a sophisticated one. This, in the understanding of the author of the article, is a sophisticated task. In short, another search for toffee in a barrel of shit.
  15. Sasha Koblov Offline Sasha Koblov
    Sasha Koblov (Sasha Koblov) 13 September 2023 22: 42
    Americans in Yugoslavia destroyed bridges in a week......
  16. TsarBomba Offline TsarBomba
    TsarBomba (Tsar bomb) 14 September 2023 00: 07
    C'est pour avoir un témoignage d'escalade? Par exemple tel aérodrome est rempli de F16, arme de destruction massive ou pas?
  17. Ten canarias Offline Ten canarias
    Ten canarias (Ten Canarias) 14 September 2023 06: 29
    Egorka has only excuses...

    The result is a fairy tale about a white bull. Almost 19 months...
    And, meanwhile, the entire Second World War, against the entire fascist Europe, lasted 46 months! From Brest to Stalingrad and Berlin. Thousands of kilometers with battles. And, here, 19 months of marking time in the suburbs of Donetsk. More and more "red lines." The bridges are intact, the street is green for leopards, gas and oil flow, grain is loaded...
    This is how she is, SVO...
  18. anclevalico Offline anclevalico
    anclevalico (Victor) 14 September 2023 07: 35
    Can I still expect that 10 missiles will be enough to destroy a properly functioning oil refinery that supplies the Ukrainian Armed Forces with fuel? It's not about the missiles. As Volodya Grubnik wrote: “Such a level of management incompetence cannot exist.”
  19. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 14 September 2023 12: 31
    This means that it is possible and necessary to build inexpensive drones capable of delivering large quantities of explosives... Today, both platinum and wood can serve as materials for them... Remember that the British Mosquito fighter-bomber was built from boards and plywood... Nothing is possible now prevents us from building something similar today in an unmanned version... Yes... they will be shot down, but detecting a low-flying piece of wood will not be so easy, and its cost will be lower than the cost of an anti-aircraft missile... They can even be specially launched so that they it was easy to shoot from the Patriot air defense system, so that UKROP would shoot at them, if not all, then most of their anti-aircraft missiles... which would cost the United States a pretty penny...