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LostInParadise's avatar

Aren't the Russian occupiers affected by damage to Ukrainian utilities?

Asked by LostInParadise (31821points) October 31st, 2022

What are the Russians in Ukraine doing to have water and heat? Aren’t they equally hurt by the damage they are causing?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Yes you bring up a good point. My guess is that Putin didn’t plan for an extended war, and thought that Ukraine would fall in quickly.

Russian and Ukrainian soldiers will be in a desperate way come winter.

The whole world is getting more difficult the longer this invasion takes.

Food and fuel will be at a premium soon more so than previously thought. Inflation, and shortages will be the norm.

flutherother's avatar

The Russian occupier is the Russian military which doesn’t depend very heavily on the civilian infrastructure. It is the civilian population of Ukraine that will suffer this winter.

janbb's avatar

I read that the Russian soldiers are and will be suffering at the front. The writer of the article compared it to the Stalingrad winter.

ragingloli's avatar

The Russians send in new recruits without training, with barely any gear, without medical supplies, antique weapons, little ammunition, and some groups have to share 1 rifle between them, because they do not have enough guns to equip everyone.
You think they care that their cannonfodder troops have no running water or heating?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Russia has MRE rations. Includes water and fuels to prepare meals, and sometimes a little stove.

Zaku's avatar

The attack you’re referring to are on civilian infrastructure far away from Russian invaders, and as others have said, the army gets most of its supplies driven in to it.

Entropy's avatar

Sure, it would be convenient for the Russian soldiers to hole up in a building with Ukrainian utilities supplying it with heat and light and water. But they are far less reliant on it than the Ukrainian civilians where loss of power could create a huge humanitarian crisis that the Ukraining govt has to deal with and distracts them from the war effort.

In short, it’s a minor inconvenience for the Russian troops as opposed to a huge problem for Ukraine. So the tactic is a good return on investment….at least on the surface.

The problem with that is that the Russians have had supply problems and alot of their soldiers lacked basic gear when the war started…and as conscripted soldiers show up also with a shortage of gear, the Russians are likely going to be in for a hard winter.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Entropy Said everything more succinctly and articulately than I would have. GA.

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