Strikes against civilian targets have been a key component of russian military doctrine since at least October 2022. This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense on Twitter on December 1 .
"Since October 2022, russia has repeatedly attacked Ukraine’s electricity distribution grid, primarily with cruise missiles. This is likely the first example of russia attempting to implement the concept of a Strategic Operation for the Destruction of Critically Important Targets (SODCIT), a key component of the military doctrine it has adopted in recent years", - the British military department reported.
According to British intelligence, russia envisioned SODCIT as using long-range missiles to strike an enemy state’s critical national infrastracture, rather than its military forces , to demoralise the population and ultimately force the state’s leaders to capitulate. However, its effectiveness as a strategy has likely been blunted because russia has already expended a large proportion of its suitable missiles against tactical targets, - the message noted.
"Also, with Ukraine having successfully mobilised for nine months, material and psychological effect of the SODCIT is likely less than if it was deployed in the initial period of a war", - the Ministry of Defence of Britain beliefs.
Let us recall that earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky announced a high risk of new massive russian strikes on our country.