DIU on attacks on Moscow: it's God's punishment, Russian army is not the second best in the world
Constant "troubles" such as explosions and airport closures, which have recently become more frequent in the Russian capital Moscow and the Moscow region, are the result of Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine and a kind of "punishment from God". They prove that Russia's power has been significantly overestimated by the international community, and that the Russian army is not close to being the "second army of the world".
Drone attacks and explosions at military defence enterprises show that the ruling regime in Russia is less and less able to control the situation in its own country, and the war unleashed by Russia has long been going off plan. This was stated by Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine, during a telethon.
He called the explosions, drone attacks and the paralysed Russian airports "God's punishment".
"These are the consequences of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine and a demonstration to the whole world that the second army is certainly not the second in the world, and that it cannot even cope with the defence of its own capital in the swamps. God's punishment is happening," Yusov said.
He also drew attention to the fact that the Russian authorities are making more and more efforts to prevent photos and videos from the "cotton" site in the Russian Federation and in the occupied parts of Ukraine from leaking to the Internet. This, in his opinion, indicates that events for Russia are unfolding with less and less compliance with the "SVO plan".
"We are at war, we are defending the country from the aggressor, and so it is understandable that we are asking citizens to restrict this information, not to record, not to film, not to shoot. Everything is clear to us. Here, the situation is a little different. If everything is going according to plan, why should they prohibit their own citizens from posting anything?" - Yusov asked.
In his opinion, the Russian authorities have a chronic inability to admit their mistakes. Therefore, when the bans on the publication of videos and photos reach Moscow, it will be an indication that the situation is not unfolding according to the aggressor's plan, or that this plan is not of such high quality.
Yusov also joked in response to a question about Russia's official version of the explosion at the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant in the Moscow region on the eve of 9 August. The explosion, which injured dozens of people and caused significant damage, was explained as an accident at a "pyrotechnic warehouse" in the plant's rented premises. Yusov advised the occupiers to set up more pyrotechnic warehouses, especially at defence industry enterprises.
He also touched on the issue of "drone attacks", which are increasingly taking place in Moscow and the Moscow region. The attacks are becoming not only more numerous, but also better.
"And their geography is expanding. This means that Putin's regime has less and less control over the situation in Russia. Indeed, instead of defending their own country and their own sky, they are engaged in a genocidal war against another independent state that has not attacked anyone," Yusov said.
The events of recent months, according to the representative of Ukraine's military intelligence, have put Russian society in general and the military and political leadership of the aggressor state in particular in a dilemma: either to return air and missile defence systems and the Russian army from Ukraine to Russia and take control of the situation, or to continue to pretend that everything is going "according to plan".
"If Russia withdraws all its troops from the occupied Ukrainian territories, extradites war criminals and compensates for all the damage caused to the Ukrainian people and Ukraine, then, of course, their lives will be easier, calmer and safer," the DIU representative outlined a "recipe for peace" for Russians.
On 9 August, a massive explosion occurred on the territory of the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant in the Moscow Region. At least 60 people were injured, and 12 people are missing. A number of buildings on the plant's premises were destroyed and damaged, and glass was blown out of 38 apartment buildings nearby.
According to official reports, the explosion occurred in a rented warehouse of pyrotechnic products. The authorities also acknowledged the death of one of the victims in hospital. One of the most popular Russian social media outlets, citing its own sources, reported finding "fragments of the bodies of 10-15 people" under the rubble.
Interestingly, local authorities were desperate to downplay the scale of the incident. Moscow Region Governor Andrei Vorobyov claimed that the Zagorsk Optical and Mechanical Plant had long been producing only pyrotechnics. However, Russian journalists found evidence on the public procurement website that the plant has been involved in the development of a new generation stealth bomber since 2019. It also fulfilled other orders from the Russian Ministry of Defence.