All Ukraine's frontline regions should be turned into solid fortified areas
Our priorities for 2024, my subjective vision
1. Digging. Digging on an unprecedented scale in all possible directions of the occupiers' advance. Building concrete fortifications. The fortifications of Avdiivka and Vuhledar have been holding back the occupiers for a year and a half, and have become a cemetery for tens of thousands of their soldiers and equipment. There is only one conclusion from this - all frontline areas should be transformed into solid fortified areas.
Today we must mobilize our efforts to build defensive fortifications as much as possible. We need to involve as much municipal and private equipment and companies as possible. Cities from regions where there is no war should help cities threatened by the invasion as much as possible. In this matter, you don't even need to wait for decisions from above - look at your local budgets and dig.
2. Long-range weapons. The lack of long-range weapons is one of the reasons for the failure of the counteroffensive last year, and without them, future offensives will not make any sense. We are not talking about bombing Moscow (which is also necessary), but rather about 200-300 kilometers, which will allow us to take out the enemy's reserves and depots near the front. This will undermine their defensive and offensive potential.
3. Drones and electronic warfare. These are weapons that determine the course of hostilities. Whoever gains an undeniable advantage here can decide the outcome of the war on the battlefield. If we cannot gain an advantage, we must at least maintain parity.
4. Mobilization. I have written about it and will continue to write about it. Force mobilization will not work. We need to look for other solutions. The war is becoming protracted, so we need to prepare for a total war. The information and educational component plays a bigger role than attempts to pack people. Unfortunately, there is no understanding of this yet.
5. Coalition of sanctions. Sanctions must be taken seriously. It's not about new sanctions, but about compliance with the ones already imposed. There should be a powerful analytical group that monitors violations of sanctions by third countries, such as Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, etc. Diplomats at all levels should initiate punishment for countries that violate sanctions.
6. Information defense. This will be the year of global Russian PSYOP against Ukrainians. In almost all elections (in 64 countries and the EU), they will make the war a top topic and discredit us. We need to unite the forces of creative agencies, IT companies and our information units to repel this large-scale attack. Orban and Fico alone are enough to block EU aid to us. Imagine if there are dozens of them.
Failure to prioritize leads to collapse.
About the author. Victor Andrusiv, political and public figure, analyst and publicist
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