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Destroyed Russian fighter plane at southern base hints at attack that could mark new phase of war

Yuliya Talmazan is a journalist based in London.

Caroline Radnofsky is a Supervisory Reporter on her Social Newsgathering team at NBC News, based in London.

Horowitz said the Ukrainians were intentionally vague as to whether and how they carried out the attack against Russian forces.

Absence of liability also reduces the need for Russia to respond to attacks. This is in Kyiv's interest and could also be a prerequisite for using weapons supplied by the West, he added.

The Kremlin has little incentive to accuse Ukraine of carrying out the attacks that caused the damage, as it would admit the inefficiency of Russia's air defense system, a US military think tank said. The War Research Institute said in the aftermath of the incident. The sinking of Russia's Black Sea flagship by Ukraine in April was a great embarrassment for Moscow, and their vulnerability in that respect had already become apparent. rice field.

Ultimately, the Crimea bombing could be the prelude to the much-anticipated Ukrainian military offensive in the south.  

Ukrainian authorities so framed the attack, the Institute said in a separate assessment on Wednesday Intense fighting is expected to determine the outcome of the next phase of the war.”

“The attack rendered many Russian aircraft incapable of combat and the ability of Russia to deter a Ukrainian offensive. may be restricted," Horowitz said. But Ukraine is suspending its work as it realizes that Russia is sending a lot of reinforcements to the south and that this could be the next major battle, he added. , he said, Kyiv would need to carry out multiple similar attacks against Russian military bases and arsenals before launching a large-scale offensive. has been the focus of growing international vigilance over the past week over the situation at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on Thursday for an immediate end to all military activity near the power plant. The Security Council will later be briefed on Moscow's request for what it claims is a Ukrainian attack on the site. 

Kyiv accuses the Russian military of using the factory as a "nuclear shield" and being behind the artillery fire, raising fears of a disaster worse than Chernobyl. The state energy company on Thursday accused Russia of launching new strikes against power plants.

Meanwhile, Russia's state news agency Tas reported that local Russian officials said Ukrainian forces were behind renewed shelling of the power plant and nearby towns.

NBC News was unable to independently verify the allegations from either side.