Russia prepared "dragon's teeth" for AFU, while enemy bombers may face "puff". Interview

December 05, 2022

The army of the occupier country of Russia uses "dragon's teeth" or the Mannerheim-Wagner line to defend its positions in Zaporizhie region — primitive fortifications of the early last century, which in the conditions of modern warfare will be of little use during a Ukrainian counteroffensive. When planning a counteroffensive, the General Staff uses effective tactics, considering several directions at a time.

Currently, the bases of Russian strategic bombers, such as Engels-2 in Saratov region, are beyond the reach of Ukrainian forces. However, when the time comes, "puff", as Russian newspeak puts it, may fall on them, as was the case with the Crimean bridge, "Moskva" missile cruiser and other military targets of the occupiers. This was said by the co-director of foreign policy programs, coordinator of international projects of Razumkov Centre, military expert Oleksiy Melnyk in an exclusive interview for OBOZREVATEL.

Oleksiy Melnyk

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes, Coordinator of International Projects

Born in 1962 in Khmelnytsty Rgn


Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK (2007)

Air Field Operations Officer School, Biloxy, MS, US (2001)

Squadron Officer School, Montgomery, AL, US (1994)

Defence Language Institute, San Antonio, TX, US (1994)

Chernihiv Higher Military Air Force Academy, Ukraine (1984)


1980 – 2001 — Air Force Active Service (Cadet, Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, Squadron Commander, Deputy Air Force Base Commander, Participant of two UN peacekeeping operations, Lt.Colonel (Ret)

2001 – 2004 — Razumkov Centre

2004 – 2005 — State Company Ukroboronservice

2005 – 2008 — Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, Head Organisational and Analytical Division — First Assistant to Minister of Defence

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