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Revealing the new mission of the Russian army in the special military operation in Ukraine

08/06/2022 13:30 GMT+7

The current phase of the special military operation to defend the Donbass will end with fierce battles in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk (Donetsk) after which the next large-scale offensive will begin.

The above comment was shared by Russian military expert Vladislav Shurygin in an interview with Izvestia.

Currently, the Russian Armed Forces are facing several main tasks.

“First, they will have to complete the offensive operation in Donbass. It’s coming to an end,” Shurygin said in an interview with Izvestia.

According to Shurygin, allied forces will have to push back the Ukrainian group from Donetsk.

Revealing the new mission of the Russian army in Ukraine
The expert revealed the new mission of the Russian army in the special military operation in Ukraine. (Photo: RIA)

“For this, it is necessary to complete the attack on Avdiivka and Peski (Donetsk). The final blow will be for Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, where the fate of a large group of Ukrainian troops will be decided. The battles in these cities will be the final ones at this stage. In my opinion, this will take one to one and a half months,” said Shurygin.

In addition, the Russian expert said that, in order to solve the problems of demilitarization and denuclearization of Ukraine, it may be necessary to carry out further stages of special military operations, including in Ukraine. Nikolaev-Odessa.

“We must secure a passage to Transnistria. While maintaining the speed, we can reach the target in 3 months,” said Mr. Shurygin.

According to military expert Shurygin, the next stage is the liberation of Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. However, it will take at least 4 months.

“We will see how the hostilities progress further, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces will not be able to stop the Russian army,” Shurygin stressed.

On June 7, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russia and its allies have made many strides in the goal of gaining complete control of the Donbass region (eastern Ukraine).

According to Shoigu, the Russian military has “liberated” 97% of the territory claimed by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (a pro-Russian separatist government in eastern Ukraine).

Shoigu stated that all settlements in Severodonetsk are now under Russian control and the fighting is limited to the outskirts of the city. According to the Russian Defense Minister, Ukrainian soldiers here continue to surrender, the total number of prisoners has reached 6,489.

Meanwhile, despite Ukraine’s many difficulties before Russia’s advance in the Eastern battlefield, President Volodymyr Zelensky affirmed that he would take it all back.

“We cannot simply give in to territory when we have already lost so many people. We have to regain control of the entire territory,” Zelensky told the British Financial Times news agency on June 7.

At the same time, Mr. Zelensky emphasized, even when overwhelmed in terms of troops, Ukraine is still determined not to surrender to Russia.

President Zelensky has repeatedly affirmed that Ukraine is ready to negotiate with Russia, but is determined not to give in to territory. Zelensky said that Russia currently controls about 20% of Ukraine’s territory, about the size of the Netherlands.

Zelensky’s statement was made after there were suggestions that Ukraine should give up part of its territory to end the conflict with Russia.

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