According to General Budanov, the attack could begin at the height of winter with a landing near Odessa and Mariupol. The Kremlin called such statements hysterical
The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that the invasion of the Russian army into his country could occur at the end of January & mdash; early February. According to him, the Americans adhere to the same assessments.
When asked by the correspondent whether the cold weather did not interfere with the operation, Budanov said that “ this is not a problem for Ukrainians and Russians. ''
According to the Ukrainian general, the Russian attack will begin with artillery and air strikes, as well as the landing of amphibious assault forces in the Odessa and Mariupol regions. Also, according to Budanov, a small offensive will be conducted from the territory of Belarus.
As Budanov assured, more than 92 thousand servicemen are already concentrated for the operation near the Ukrainian border, military equipment is being pulled into Crimea, including the Iskander missile systems.
The general believes that the attack will be preceded by an operation to destabilize Ukraine in order to force its population not to resist. “ They want to organize rallies and protests to show that people are against the government, '' & mdash; sure Budanov. In his opinion, it was from Russia that actions against mass vaccination against coronavirus were organized. “They’re trying to prove that our government is betraying the people,” & mdash; the general explained.
“ They want the situation in Ukraine to deteriorate all the time, and to ensure that the Ukrainians themselves change power. If they do not succeed, the army will take over. '', & Mdash; said Budanov.
Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov suggested that Ukraine is now seeking another attempt to start a military solution to its own problem, and the West is “ inspiring it to insane actions '' … In this regard, he called on NATO to stop “ pumping up Ukraine with weapons '' and stop provocative activities near the Russian borders.
He also called the data that Russia is preparing to attack Ukraine, the hysteria that Western countries are stirring up.
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