Russia planned to start the invasion with a “massive missile and airstrike campaign” against Ukrainian military targets, RUSI says, with a list also showing who should be killed, who would be intimidated and who would be targeted as a collaborator.
A British defence and security think tank has revealed details of Moscow’s pre-invasion plan for Ukraine, based on captured Russian documents apparently signed off by Vladimir Putin.
Russia had planned to take over Ukraine over 10 days and annex it by August this year, the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) said.
According to the British Army-linked think tank, only a small group of Russian officials were aware of the full scale of the plans.
It said even deputy heads of branches within the Russian military were unaware of the plan to invade and occupy Ukraine until days before the invasion began, and tactical military units didn’t receive orders until hours before.
They appeared to assume Ukrainian government officials would “either flee or be captured as a result of the speed of the invasion”, RUSI said.
Ukraine’s intelligence community also believes Russia planned to use Belarusian airborne units to capture the Rivne and Khmelnytsky nuclear power plants.
The invasion plan reportedly detailed plots to capture Ukraine’s nuclear power plants in order to shelter Russian troops, gain control over the country’s energy system, and potentially blackmail European countries with the risk of radiation pollution.
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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter