Ukraine will win the war ‘before the end of the year’

The war in Ukraine will cross a “turning point” in August and Russia will be defeated “before the end of the year”, predicted the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, assuring that Kyiv will manage to reconquer all of its territory.

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Victory will not be “easy”, but “it will happen”, declared Kyrylo Boudanov, in an interview with the British channel Sky News published on Friday evening, where he appears calm and says he is “optimistic” in the face of the current evolution of the conflict.

“The turning point will take place in the second part of August”, and “most military operations will be completed by the end of the year”, he predicts.

At the end of this war, “we will restore Ukrainian power in all the territories that we have lost, including Donbass and Crimea”, he assured.

These statements come as particularly violent fighting rages in the Donbass region (east), partly controlled since 2014 by pro-Russian separatists, and on which Moscow has been focusing for weeks without making significant progress.

According to Mr. Boudanov, the Russian army “suffers heavy losses in men and armament”, because Ukraine knows “everything” about it, including its military plans.

On the military level, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense estimates that the Russians have lost 26,000 men, 199 planes and nearly 1,200 tanks since the start of the invasion on February 24. However, no independent statistics are available.

Mr. Budanov also claimed that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is “in a very bad physical and psychological state”, adding that he is “very sick” and that he would suffer from “several diseases at the same time, including a cancer”.

According to him, the Ukrainian victory will lead to a “change of leadership in Russia”, a coup d’etat to overthrow the Russian president being already in preparation in Russia, according to him. “It’s impossible to stop them,” he said.


The article is in French

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