The chief of Ukraine’s armed forces expects new Russian attacks on Kyiv in early 2023, according to an interview with The Economist published on Thursday.
Most of the fighting has recently been centered in the east and south, but General Valery Zarouzhny told the British weekly that the capital will again be targeted.
“A very important strategic task is to build reserves and prepare for a war that could happen in February, at best in March, at worst at the end of January,” he said in a December 3 interview published on Thursday. .”
“The Russians are preparing about 200,000 recruits. I have no doubt they will strike again in Kyiv,” he said in an interview.
“We’ve done all the calculations – how many tanks, artillery, etc. we’ll need.”
At the end of February, Moscow sent troops into Ukraine with the aim of quickly capturing Kyiv.
Ukrainian troops scored a victory when the invaders were stopped tens of kilometers from the capital before withdrawing from the area in late March and early April.
The general said that one of his current problems was “holding this (front) line that runs from south to east” in September from the Kharkov region in the north-east and from Kherson in the north-east in September. “Don’t lose any more ground” after the region repelled the Russians south last month.
For Zaluzhny, after a series of humiliating battlefield reversals since last October, the Russians have bombed energy infrastructure because “they need time to gather resources” to launch in the coming months. Broad offense.
“I’m not an energy expert, but in my opinion we’re on the edge,” he said, noting that missile and drone strikes “could” disrupt the grid.
The wave of attacks on the power grid that has occurred has caused widespread blackouts across the country, leaving millions of Ukrainians in a harsh and dark winter.
“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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