Effectiveness of Russia’s SODCIT in Ukraine blunted – UK intelligence

Effectiveness of Russia’s SODCIT in Ukraine blunted – UK intelligence

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The effectiveness of Russia’s Strategic Operation for the Destruction of Critically Important Targets (SODCIT) has likely been blunted, because Russia has already expended a large proportion of its suitable missiles against tactical targets.

The relevant statement was made by the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom on Twitter, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Since October 2022, Russia has repeatedly attacked Ukraine’s electricity distribution grid, primarily with cruise missiles. This is likely the first example of Russia attempting to implement the concept of a Strategic Operation for the Destruction of Critically Important Targets (SODCIT), a key component of the military doctrine it has adopted in recent years.

According to the UK intelligence, Russia envisioned SODCIT as using long-range missiles to strike an enemy state’s critical national infrastructure, rather than its military forces, to demoralise the population and ultimately force the state’s leaders to capitulate.

Russia’s strikes continue to cause power shortages resulting in indiscriminate, widespread humanitarian suffering across Ukraine.

“However, its effectiveness as a strategy has likely been blunted because Russia has already expended a large proportion of its suitable missiles against tactical targets. Also, with Ukraine having successfully mobilised for nine months, material and psychological effect of the SODCIT is likely less than if it was deployed in the initial period of a war,” the UK Ministry of Defence noted.

A reminder that, according to the UK intelligence, over the last three months, Russian forces in Ukraine have likely largely stopped deploying as Battalion Tactical Groups (BTGs) over the flaws in their concept.

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