Ukrainian forces may enter the temporarily occupied Crimea by the end of December this year, and the war with Russia will be over by spring. This prediction was made in an interview sky news Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Gavrilov.
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He considers the probability of a nuclear strike from Russia low. “Yes, it will be a drama,” Gavrilov said, but noted that this would not stop Ukraine from resisting the occupiers.
Regarding the prospect of peace talks with the Kremlin, Deputy Alexey Reznikov said that they would take place only after Russian troops were ready to leave the entire territory of Ukraine, including Crimea.
“There is a decision within Ukrainian society that we are going to the end,” Gavrilov said. “Everyone knows that any delay or frozen conflict is just a continuation of this war against the existence of Ukraine as a nation,” he added.
Asked if the liberation of Kherson makes other goals, such as the return of Crimea, more likely, Gavrilov said: “It’s only a matter of time, and of course we would like to do it sooner rather than later.” In his opinion, this can be helped by what is known as a “black swan” – something unpredictable, for example, the sudden collapse of the Russian dictator’s regime. Vladimir Putin.
According to the deputy head of the Defense Ministry, “there is also a military option with a certain combination of forces, means and something else.” “We can enter the Crimea, for example, before the end of December. Perhaps, perhaps. It is possible that this will happen,” he added.
Gavrilov noted that the Russians are interested in a pause in the war to regroup. “Therefore … we have no right to stop. We must move forward,” he said.
As for the end of the war, Gavrilov said it was important to be ready for a long battle if Russia could get reinforcements. “Of course, in this case, the war will take some time. But I feel that by the end of spring this war will be over,” he said.
- According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, the Russian occupiers are waiting offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Crimea and strengthen their defenses in the south.
- Reznikov believes that Ukraine can return the Crimea without fights.
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