Scene: Mysterious Fires and Explosions in Russia, Notes on Special Missions

Mysterious fires and explosions at key locations in Russia are signs of specific missions for special operations units that the Americans excel at. Both Russian dissidents and Ukrainian commandos appear to be responsible.

For months, he writes, important targets in Russia have been hit by fires and mysterious explosions Business Insider.

The incidents have few clear explanations, but appear to have affected narrower targets. Some may be the work of anti-Putin Russians; Others appear to have been carried out by military special operations forces.

The war in Ukraine did not go well for the Russian military. This month, in just a few days, Ukrainian forces managed to liberate more territory than the Russian army captured in more than six months of war.

But the Russian military’s struggles are not limited to Ukraine’s borders. For months, Landmarks and critical facilities across Russia have been affected by mysterious fires and explosionsRecommends a sabotage campaign bearing the hallmarks of special operations forces.

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Dozens of mysterious fires and explosions across Russia

In May, as the Russian military prepared to launch a new offensive in Ukraine’s Donbas region, a series of mysterious fires and explosions struck military outposts, recruitment centers and defense industrial complexes across Russia. Dozens of incidents at facilities across Russia without apparent explanation.

Targets include oil refineries, munitions production and storage facilities, aerospace and defense companies, and communications infrastructure. The attacks appear to be part of an effort to undermine the Russian military’s offensive capabilities.

For example, in May, Russian authorities caught two young Russian men throwing Molotov cocktails at a military commissary — actually a recruiting station. Dozens of police stations have been attacked in Russia this year, and some Russians, particularly those who might be drafted into the military, say they oppose the war.

But the attacks appear to have focused on a narrower set of targets, and the incidents are often linked to what military special operations units must carry out as part of unconventional warfare.

Unconventional warfare and special operations are capabilities in which the US excels

Unconventional warfare is the U.S. The special operations community is a talent pool of excellence, with decades of experience running it and training others who want to do the same.

Since the U.S. military is not directly involved in the fighting in Ukraine, the source of the attacks could be Ukrainian commandos or Russian dissidents — or a combination of the two.

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Such a campaign Gorilla Russia’s continued failure in Ukraine could gain momentum and take many forms, a Green Beret fighter assigned to the National Guard told Insider.

“At first, it may look like a disruption campaign like we saw with the trains in Belarus. Targeting supply lines and other soft targets is always on the list,” said the Green Beret, who was not authorized to speak to the media.

“Next on the list would be even bigger targets like attacks on convoys or military bases or command and control centers and headquarters,” the Green Beret official added.

The Green Berets played a key role in training the Ukrainian army

After 2014, when Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea and occupied Donbas, US Special Operations Command stepped up training, assistance and advice to Ukrainian forces.

The Green Berets of Special Forces Group 10, which has Europe as its area of ​​operations, played a key role in training the Ukrainian special operations community.

The effectiveness of American instructions is now visible to the whole world through the actions taken by the Ukrainian military.

Some of these operations appear to have struck inside Russian territory, including one Attack on warehouse Russia blamed the fuel on Belgorod in April and Ukrainian helicopter and missile attacks on Russian bases in Crimea in August.

“But ultimately, a guerrilla campaign must adapt to the security measures that the Russian military and security services are expected to respond to attacks,” Beretta told Verde Insider.

While many Russians have already expressed opposition or dismay to President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the Green Beret said the most difficult part of such a guerrilla campaign for Ukraine would be winning over the Russian people.

“Many Russians are fiercely patriotic, Putin has used war very cleverly to win over the average Russian,” and an unconventional war campaign against a hostile population is “extremely difficult to capture,” the Green Beret added.

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