The question of whether there will be a full-scale Russian incursion into Ukraine remains open, but we must be ready for it, said the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov.
– Is Ukraine ready? Yes. Will there be a war? Today this question remains open and we should be prepared for it, and we’ve been preparing for quite a long time. It was not unexpected for us – Danilov said on Thursday evening on TV 1 + 1. His statement is quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
The secretary of the security council added that, in his opinion, there is currently no threat mentioned by the head of the main intelligence board of the Ukrainian defense ministry, Kyryło Budanov. Budanov told the Military Times website that Russia was preparing an attack on Ukraine from several directions in early 2022.
Danilov emphasized that there was no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not take the issue of the destruction of Ukraine off the agenda.
According to Danilov, Putin wants to negotiate with US President Joe Biden “most eagerly this year” and he wants to “agree to rule here”. – And now this hysteria, fueled by Russia, the forward and backward movement of all troops (…) all this is in the context of the fact that they should come to an agreement – he continued.
He judged that It is difficult to forecast Putin’s further actions after possible talks with the American leader.- What if they don’t get along? What will Putin’s actions be like? It’s hard to say, because it’s very hard to see what’s in his head – he pointed out.
Budanov told the Military Times portal that Russia has amassed over 92,000. soldiers at Ukrainian borders and is preparing an attack in late January or early February next year. According to him, such an attack would most likely include air raids, artillery and armored attacks as well as airborne attacks in the east, sea landings in Odessa and Mariupol, and a smaller incursion through Belarus.. As he assessed, the attack prepared by Russia would be “much more devastating than anything that has been observed so far in the conflict that has been going on since 2014, in which around 14,000 Ukrainians have been killed”. He noted that the data of Ukrainian and American intelligence on the time of the launch of a possible attack are consistent.