Kremlin may try to ‘freeze’ war in Ukraine – military intelligence

10 June, 06:04 PM
The house destroyed by the Russian blow, in Bashtanka of the Nikolaev area, on June 9, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Edgar Su)

The house destroyed by the Russian blow, in Bashtanka of the Nikolaev area, on June 9, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Edgar Su)

Russia has the economic resources to continue its war against Ukraine at its current pace for a year, after which the Kremlin might try to “freeze” the conflict, Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman Vadym Skibitsky has said in an interview with UK newspaper the Guardian.

“The Kremlin leadership might try to freeze the war for a certain period of time in order to convince the West to lift sanctions, but then continue its aggression. Their goal is all of Ukraine and more,” said Skibitsky.

Russia is now launching much fewer missile strikes, the Ukrainian military intelligence official noted. The Russians are also using old Soviet X-22 missiles from the 1970s, which indicates that the invaders are running out of precision-guided missiles, he said.

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Skibitsky added that now most of Russia’s troops are concentrated in the Donbas, trying to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. In the Kharkiv axis, the enemy concentrated their efforts on defense after Ukrainian troops forced them out of several local villages.

In Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts, the enemy is building a second, and sometimes a third line of defense, Skibitsky said.

“It will be very difficult to liberate this territory – which is why we need weapons,” he said.

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