The commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces expects a new Russian attack on Kiev in early 2023, according to an interview with The Economist published Thursday.
Much of the fighting has recently been concentrated in the east and south, but General Valery Zaluzhani told the British Weekly that the capital would again be targeted.
A “very important strategic task is to build reserves and prepare for a war that could take place in February, at best in March and at worst at the end of January,” he said in a Dec. 3 interview published Thursday.
“The Russians are preparing about 200,000 new troops. I have no doubt they will make another move to Kiev,” he said in the interview.
“We have calculated everything — how many tanks, artillery and so on we need.”
In late February, Moscow quickly sent its forces into Ukraine with the goal of seizing Kyiv.
In a victory for the Ukrainian army, the invaders were held back dozens of kilometers from the capital before withdrawing from the region in late March and early April.
The general said his current problems included “holding this (front) line,” which runs from south to east, and pushing the Russians back from the Kharkiv region in the northeast in September and pushing Kherson into Kherson “and not losing any more ground.” “. South last month.
For Zaluzhani, the Russians have bombed energy infrastructure since October in a series of humiliating battlefield reverses because they “need time to build up their resources” for a wider offensive in the coming months.
“I’m not an energy expert but it seems to me we’re on the brink,” he said, adding that the destruction of the power grid by missiles and drone strikes was “possible”.
The wave of attacks on power networks that had already taken place caused widespread power outages across the country, leaving millions of Ukrainians in the winter cold and darkness.
“I know I can defeat this enemy,” the general continued. But I need resources.
“I need 300 tanks, 600-700 IFVS (infantry fighting vehicles) 500 howitzers.”
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