“The turning point will take place in the second half of August. Most of the hostilities will end by the end of the year. We will restore strength in all the lost territories, including Donbass and Crimea.” , Major General Kyrylo Budanov – commander of Ukrainian military intelligence said in an interview with Sky News on May 14.
Mr. Budanov said that the Russian campaign remained unchanged despite shifting the focus to the east. He also confirmed that the Russian military was suffering great losses but did not mention Ukrainian casualties.
Ukraine’s intelligence chief said Kiev was “aware of the plans that Russia is working on”.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if Russia lost this war,” he said. Mr. Budanov added.
General UKraine informed that Russian forces were pushed back in the northeastern city of Kharkov close to the border between the two countries.
According to him, a Ukrainian raid on the Russian branch trying to cross the river across the River Siverskyi Donets in the Donbass has caused Moscow to suffer considerable damage.
Russia has not yet commented on this information.
On May 13, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov confirmed that the country’s special military operation in Ukraine is still going on as scheduled.
“I can assure you that the special military operation that Russia launched on February 24 is going on as scheduled. It is not as fast as some people in Russia would like, but it is continuing at a certain point. certain speed”, Mr. Chizhov said in an interview with Sky News.
Meanwhile, the US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines during the week commented “With both Russia and Ukraine believing that they can make further military progress, we do not see a viable negotiating path forward, at least in the short term.”
With Russia not preeminent in conventional military capabilities, the current conflict could develop in unpredictable directions over the next few months, Haines said. At that time, any mistake of either side will affect the outcome of the war.
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