Russia has amassed over 92,000. soldiers at Ukrainian borders and is preparing an attack at the end of January or early February next year – Budanow told the portal.
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”.
On Friday, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told the Washington Post that it is not yet known whether Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision to attack. But – as Budanov emphasized – Russia is strengthening its possibilities for a possible attack.
The intelligence chief added that the attack will be preceded by psychological operations aimed at destabilizing Ukraine and reducing its defense capabilities. He added that such activities are already being observed and include, for example, the organization of anti-vaccine protests. According to him, part of these operations is also the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border.
He noted that the data of Ukrainian and American intelligence on the time of the launch of a possible attack are consistent.
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