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A Russian state TV guest says the war in Ukraine is just a ‘rehearsal’ to ‘test and confront NATO weapons’


Ukrainian troops inspect a destroyed Russian Mi-8 helicopter near Makariv in the Kyiv region on April 9, 2022.Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images

  • Russia views its invasion of Ukraine as a “rehearsal” of a wider conflict with NATO, a Russian professor has said.

  • The goal is “to see on the battlefield how much more powerful our weapons really are,” said Alexei Fenenko.

  • “Maybe it will be a learning experience for a future conflict,” he added.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a “rehearsal” of a wider conflict with the countries that make up NATO, according to a Russian political scientist.

Alexei Fenenko, a researcher at the Institute for International Security Studies, made the remarks on Thursday while speaking on Russian state television’s talk show ’60 Minutes’, according to the TV reporter. Russian state television from the Daily Beast, Julia Davis.

“For us, the war in Ukraine … is a rehearsal for a possibly bigger conflict in the future,” Fenenko said. “And that is why we will test and confront NATO weapons, and see on the battlefield how much more powerful our weapons really are than theirs.”

“Maybe it will be a learning experience for a future conflict,” he continued.

Russia boasted of developing high-tech weapons during its invasion of Ukraine. A senior Russian official made unsubstantiated claims earlier this month that Russian forces have a laser weapon system in Ukraine that can take out a drone from miles away in seconds.

Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the conflict “will eventually affect everyone”.

“Russian aggression was not meant to be limited to Ukraine alone,” Zelenskyy said. “To the destruction of our freedom and our lives alone. The whole European project is a target for Russia.”

There are also concerns that Russia is leveraging cyber activity to carry out data attacks, Insider’s Stravros Atlamazoglou reported.

There are “perceptions of cyber-Armageddon shutting down American and European computers or destroying Ukrainian critical infrastructure. It probably didn’t happen because Putin wanted to fight a limited war in Ukraine,” the former said. Russian analyst Michael E. van Landingham.

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