According to the defense minister of Ukraine, a Russian military offensive could be launched in “symbolic” circumstances around the anniversary of the invasion.
Oleksii Reznikov stated that Ukraine is equipped to withstand a Russian attack, even though the West’s latest military supplies may not have arrived in time.
He stated that “despite everything, we expect to see a possible Russian offensive during February.”
This is only logical from a symbolism perspective. It’s not logical from an operational military point of view. Because they don’t have all the resources available. They’re still doing it.
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Moscow is trying to take control of Bakhmut after a series of defeats on the battlefields.
Mr Reznikov warned the offensive would likely be launched in the east, where Russia is trying to capture all of the heavily-industrialised Donbas region, or the south, where it wants to widen its land corridor to the occupied peninsula of Crimea.
He said Russia had approximately 12,000 troops at its military bases in Belarus, which would not be sufficient to launch an attack on Ukraine’s north from Belarus.
“But not all the Western weaponry is going to arrive on time.” We are ready,” Reznikov stated.
“We have created our reserves and resources, which are available to deploy and with whom we can hold back the attack.”
Yesterday, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, stated that the situation at the front lines of the east was becoming “very difficult”, as Russia is putting more troops into battle.
This comes as Russia’s defense ministry accuses Kyiv that it is preparing to bomb buildings in Ukraine. Then, Moscow accuses Moscow of war crimes and targeting civilians under false flag operations.
Russia did not provide any evidence in its claim in a social media post that claimed the attacks on Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine would be used to pressure Kyiv for increased weapons supplies to the West.
Police in Ukraine reported that a Russian missile strike on Thursday killed at least three people in Kiev.
Moscow has not commented publicly on the strike but denied that it targeted civilians in Ukraine.