Ukrainian intelligence chief says Russia only has resources for 12 months of ‘normal war’

24 May, 07:24 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:screenshot video/Ukrinform TV/Youtube)

Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:screenshot video/Ukrinform TV/Youtube)

Russia only has resources for 12 months of a "normal war," so the active phase of hostilities should go drop off sharply by the end of the year, Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine's Main Intelligence Directorate, said in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper on May 24.

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"Russia has resources for waging a normal war for 12 months," he said.

"It (the war) will end with only one outcome: the return of our occupied territories."

According to Budanov, the weapons supplied by allies of Ukraine will reach "significant quantities" in August, which will produce a turning point in the fighting.

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"... Unfortunately, the number of weapons needed by the troops won't be in significant quantities until August," the official said.

"From August, they will already be with our military units and will be actively used in hostilities. This is where the turning point begins. But now we’re (still) sorely lacking in heavy weapons."

On May 20, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said that the south and east of Ukraine remained key objectives for the Russian invaders, but the aggressor country "hasn’t given up plans to seize the entire territory" of Ukraine.

According to Ukraine's General Staff, Russia has lost about 29,350 soldiers, 1,302 tanks, 606 artillery systems, 205 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 480 UAVs, 13 warships and boats, etc. since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Russia has been waging an undeclared war against Ukraine since early 2014. 

The Kremlin still refuses to admit it is at war with its neighbor, calling it’s current attempt at a full-scale invasion of the country a “special military operation.”

Anyone in Russia who describes Russia’s war against Ukraine as a war faces arrest, fines and possible imprisonment.

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