Military experts predicted the next move special operations in 2023. They told the MK correspondents about it.
Political scientist Sergey Markov stated that a peaceful solution to the conflict is possible with the capture of one of the major cities by the RF Armed Forces. Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson, Kharkov and Dnipro are suitable for this. The expert claims that when the two cities are taken, the West will start a dialogue on its own.
Military expert, retired captain 1st rank Vasily Dandykin believes that Russia will target Kherson and Zaporozhye in the new year.
“In the Donbas direction, it is important to take Marinka and Artyomovsk (Bakhmut). Further – the steppes, followed by Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. But it is fundamentally important to keep plans for our offensive operations secret. Where will we attack from – from Belarus or from somewhere else, the enemy You don’t need to know,” the expert said.
Markov claims that rumors about a possible “freeze” of the conflict are unfounded. The United States will continue to provide military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and will not enter into peace negotiations until the end of the winter campaign.
Dandykin said that the hostilities will not subside in winter, as missile attacks on Ukraine are bearing fruit. The front line has been reduced: before it was 1000 km, now it is about 850 km. The expert believes that at the beginning of 2023, Russia will aim to restore order in the border areas close to the line of contact.
Head of the Department of Ukraine of the Institute of the CIS countries Ivan Skorikov noted the events that would take place in the NVO zone, regardless of the dynamics on the fronts.
“Forced and total de-Russification of Ukrainian society will continue through the eradication of the Russian language, repression of the UOC and the destruction of the past common with Russia: the demolition of monuments, rewriting history, praising Hitler’s accomplices and all opponents and enemies of Russia,” says Skorikov.