Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “target No. 1” for Russian forces but would remain in the capital “with my people.” Do you think this is an act of bravery?

By | May 10, 2022

When the Supreme Commander flees the battlefield, abandoning his army, he finds himself in a situation of desertion. Regardless of rank, be it platoon leader, colonel, or marshal, whoever deserts, instantly loses the right to command and becomes liable to execution on the spot.

The Russians had only one chance to eliminate or capture Zelensky at the beginning of the invasion when he was still in his presidential house. From the moment Zelensky arrived in the USSR-built bunkers, no one could attack him. Russia does not have any conventional or atomic bombs that can penetrate Zelensky’s bunkers, although they are well aware of their location.

All pictures below are from the bunker built by Ceausescu in Bucharest.

Does anyone know what kind of bunker Zelensky has?

The Soviet Union captured from Nazi Germany an extensive program of fortification know-how, the so-called Regelbau 1933.

Kyiv was the headquarters of the largest military district of the USSR, so two Regelbau A shelters (3.5m ceiling, 10m depth) were built there for the headquarters of the Ukrainian Front and the leadership of the Ukrainian Communist Party(in the ‘50th). They withstand a vertical detonation-type Hiroshima-type tactical atomic weapon or the direct hit of a 2.5-ton aviation bomb – so there is no question that they could be destroyed by Iskander / Kalibr missiles (0.7t) or the largest guided bomb. of aviation from the endowment of the Russian army, FAB-1500 (1.14t).

Moreover, in the 1960s, two more shelters certified to withstand thermonuclear weapons (1Mt vertically) were built in Kyiv. Their building was masked by the construction of the subway network, which also serves as a link and telecommunications between the many underground “targets” in the city. Kyiv has the deepest metro station in the world, Arsenalna: 105 meters underground.😁

These 2 bunkers used by Zelensky are similar to those built by Ceausescu under the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest so I can describe them. Both are similar to the Prenden-Berlin Central Shelter.

In addition, the bunker is covered with a 6m layer of sand to cushion the shock of the thermonuclear explosion. Above is the bursting plate, 64x81m, made of special concrete (5,000 psi compressive strength) with a thickness of 2.50m – 3.10m. An identical burst plate was tested on the Semipalatinsk range in the USSR and withstood two 0.9 Mt thermonuclear bombs, detonated successively at 1,100 and then 2,000 m altitude (August 30 and November 17, 1956). And over the eruption plate, there are another 15 m successive layers of rock and compacted sand, up to zero level.

The underground installation has oxygen reserves (6 x 1,125 m³) and can operate 24 hours without outside air supply or 14 days with filtered air supply, the ventilation system being equipped with shock absorbers. Four 400 KW diesel generators and a well with a depth of 80m ensure all comfort.

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